Posts Tagged ‘covers’

The key changes when the guys start singing are really striking. This genre of video fascinates me, as it really highlights the combination of group participation and response to music, mass democracy, voyeurism, and exhibitionism that the Internet inhabits. That is to say, this is a piece of art that is entirely new and could not have ever existed previous to this moment in history.

People can complain about whether or not mashup is worthwhile, but it is at least novel.

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I’ve called for a Hall and Oates revival, and well, here it is!

The Bird and the Bee (Inara George and Greg Kurstin) have made an album of Hall & Oates covers non-ironically (OK, probably a little ironically) titled Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates.

Long live Hall and Oates!

(Side note: The LA Times wonders about how sincere the pop contrarianism is:

You can’t cover a song so precisely as a mere joke, and the band clearly adores source material like the unimpeachable “Sara Smile.” But the Bird and the Bee’s Hall & Oates covers did underscore our weird new world of pop contrarianism among the cool kids, where there’s a kind of brinkmanship to adoring once-maligned ’80s soft rock. (Will “Interpreting the Masters: Volume 2” feature Wings and Michael McDonald?)

I don’t like to think of my pop love as contrarian, because I do like listening to the music so damn much. Nevertheless, I do understand August Brown’s complaints. My response would be that just as we cannot malign any genre in its entirety, we should not pass over a period and genre simply because of the sound-of-the-times.

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