I'm sorry this is late. I could go on about how busy I've been, and how I just couldn't find the time to sit down and give this the effort it deserved, but mostly I think I was just avoiding it. I kind of hate this month's playlist.
Don't get me wrong. I fucking love the idea. I wanted to do a covers month, and do it differently. I've never seen a playlist that shows the cover and the original back to back. I also thought it would be fun to present the cover before the original, allowing you to form an opinion of a song, before seing it's inspiration.
That being said, trying to find a flow or a rhythm (or even a theme outside of it being covers) proved too difficult for me. Instead, you get a bunch of random-ass covers followed by their originals. It's a mess.
One thing that really, really interests me though, is the disparity in quality on some of these duos. For instance, everyone knows the Blondie version of "The Tide is High". I'd also wager most people don't even know it's a cover. I love Blondie, like wanna marry Debbie Harry I love her so much. However, when you hear the original version, it's so much fuller and more soulful. It's bursting with charm.
Conversely, I know the Highwaymen are a bunch of fucking country music superstars, but Cat Power kicks the shit out of them singing "Silver Stallion". Like, they should be embarrassed. The still-living members should officially bequeath ownership of the song to her.
And not that you asked, but my favorites on here are the three versions of "Just Like Heaven". They are all so unique, and Kat and J. Mascis did such original and unique things with the song. I can never figure out which version is the best, I love them all so much.
Oh, and I threw the last two in kind of as fan service. Enjoy.