Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cover Me Impressed: Jason Falkner Edition

The Cover Me Impressed I did a couple of weeks ago that featured OK Go's take on "This Will Be Our Year" got me thinking about Jason Falkner's cover of The Zombies classic. Then I just figured I would list a few of my favorite covers from the power-pop god. With so many choices from his vast catalog of B-sides and such (and even an entire disc of other bands' goodies), it wasn't easy to choose these four.

First a quick explanation of the songs. "This Will Be Our Year" is a B-side Falkner often plays at live shows. Electric Light Orchestra's "Do Ya" is taken from a Jeff Lynne tribute album called 'Lynne Me Your Ears.' Other artists of note on that collection are Jeffrey Foskett, Bill Lloyd, Peter Holsapple and Todd Rundgren. Falkner takes Def Leppard's hard rocking "Photograph" and turns it into jangly pop on 'Metal Rules,' a tribute to all things '80s hair band. Brian Eno's "Burning Airlines Give You So Much More" can be found on Falkner's double-disc Japanese import 'Everyone Says It's On.' The first disc is full of demos from Falkner's earliest solo work. The second disc is all covers, and there are some real keepers here by Kinks, Left Banke, Tom Waits and more. This collection was really expensive, but I have never regretted forking out the bucks. Happy listening.

The Zombies - This Will Be Our Year (mp3)
Jason Falkner - This Will Be Our Year (mp3)

Electric Light Orchestra - Do Ya (mp3)
Jason Falkner - Do Ya (mp3)

Def Leppard - Photograph (mp3)
Jason Falkner - Photograph (mp3)

Brian Eno - Burning Airlines Give You So Much More (mp3)
Jason Falkner - Burning Airlines Gives [sic] You So Much More (mp3)

More Cover Me Impressed:
"True Love Will Find You In The End"
"This Will Be Our Year"
"You're My Favorite Waste of Time"
"The End Of The World"
"(Don't Go Back To)Rockville"
"God Only Knows"
"And Your Bird Can Sing"
"So Sad About Us"
"Walking The Cow"

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