2006 03 Music CD: Ive Got You Covered

This month sees my first double cd set. I’ve Got You Covered was a concept that had long been in the back of my mind. In fact one of my earliest homemade CDs was called that, and contained nothing but covers. Over the past year or so, I have been collecting the odd cover tune – occasionally using them on other CDs – in the hope that I would finally issue out a disc of covers…

Then in the late fall of 2005, I heard a cover of the Kaiser Chief’s “I Predict a Riot” by the Cheshire Chord Company (a choral ensemble.) I had not yet put out a disc with the original on it, and I really wanted to put out this fantastic cover version as well. So the seed was planted to do a disc. This time around I decided to not only present a selection of cover songs, but also the original version as well….

While having the cover and it’s original presented together seems like a nice idea, it does make for a rather repetitive disc. With this in mind, I realized that I needed to do my first double-disc release. This way you – the listener – can pop a disc in your player and hear eighty-minutes of completely different songs. But being the kind of person that I am, I couldn’t just do a disc of covers and a mirror disc of the originals – no…

The discs alternate cover-original-cover-original (or the other way around.) This proved a little more challenging, but worth the effort (even though the first burn through had a mix up beginning with the seventh track, and the discovery that I had two covers of one song…) And, by chance, disc one ends with a cover and disc two begins with an original – so if you play them back to back, the alternating continues…

Disc One 1. Cheshire Chord Company – I Predict a Riot
2. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
3. Cure – Love Will Tear Us Apart
4. ACDC – Back in Black
5. Dwight Yoakam – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
6. David Bowie – Life On Mars
7. David Bowie – Penny Lane
8. Smiths – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
9. Emiliana Torrini – White Rabbit
10. Cure – ust Like Heaven
11. Erasure – Solsbury Hill
12. Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
13. Evan Dando – Knowing Me, Knowing You
14. Dolly Parton – Jolene
15. Camper van Beethoven – Pictures Of Matchstick Men
16. Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
17. Veruca Salt – My Sharona
18. Ricky Martin – Livin’ la Vida Loca
19. Shonen Knife – Goose-Step Mama
20. The Who – So Sad About Us
21. Less Than Jake – I Think I Love You
22. Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
23. Kozmic Trooths – Blarney’s Stoned (Dave Allen at Large)
24. Gary Numan – Are ‘Friends’ Electric
25. Swingle Singers – Mission Impossible

Disc Two
1. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
2. REM – I Will Survive
3. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
4. Hives – Back in Black
5. Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
6. Seu Jorge – Life On Mars
7. Beatles – Penny Lane
8. Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
9. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
10. Katie Melua – Just Like Heaven
11. Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
12. Paul Anka – It’s A Sin
13. ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You
14. White Stripes – Jolene
15. Status Quo – Pictures Of Matchstick Men
16. Devo – Satisfaction
17. Knack – My Sharona
18. Toy Dolls – Livin’ la Vida Loca
19. Rutles – Goose-Step Mama
20. The Jam – So Sad About Us
21. Partridge Family – I Think I Love You
22. John Lennon and Ringo Starr – Subterranean Homesick Blues
23. Alan Hawkshaw – Blarney’s Stoned (Dave Allen At Large)
24. An Pierle – Are ‘Friends’ Electric
25. Lalo Schifrin – Mission Impossible