“Mad World” Gary Jules (Tears for Fears)

Posted on February 05, 2011

I cannot believe I’m just getting around to posting this hauntingly beautiful cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” by Gary Jules. Did you first catch onto this through Donnie Darko, a video game commercial or some other means? I’d love to hear!

“The Promise” Blue October (When in Rome)

Posted on September 18, 2010

Wow. Has it really been late December 2009 since the last post? Color me embarrassed.

I guess having our second son in early January put this blog on the back burner. Even so, it’s been averaging over 500 hits a month on a consistent basis – with no new content in almost 9 months.

Here’s new-wave ballad “The Promise” by When in Rome, performed acoustically for a radio show by Blue October. This tune gained some renewed interest when it was used in the closing scene of Napoleon Dynamite. I really enjoy being able to focus on the well crafted lyrics, which are brought out in this cover.

I’m back!

“A Forest” Toadies (The Cure)

Posted on December 15, 2009

After Kids Incorporated on Friday and the kid with a ukelele on Monday, it had to come to this….

The Cure’s “A Forest” covered by Texas rockers Toadies. The original and the cover both arrive at such an ominous sound, albeit via different instrumentation. I dig it. As I look out my office window, I can see the edge of gray trees. If I ever do get lost out there, I will invariably hear this song and try to think of rainbows and puppies instead.

“Karma Chameleon” Kids Incorporated (Culture Club)

Posted on December 12, 2009

Bet you didn’t see this one coming, huh?

Ah….Kids Incorporated. You’ll know American television execs are out of ideas when they resurrect this show.

What’s sad is I would have traded all my action figures to be on this show. You would have too.

“Rock the Casbah” Rachid Taha (The Clash)

Posted on September 14, 2009

When I think of Algerian rock, one name comes to mind: Rachid Taha. Some say that Rachid Taha IS Algerian rock. I wouldn’t go that far because there is just so much great music coming out of Tangiers these days. But here’s Rach bringin’ it on his cover of “Rock the Casbah” by the Clash.

“I Don’t Like Mondays” Bon Jovi w/ Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats)

Posted on August 31, 2009

Reading my friends’ facebook profile updates, this sounds appropriate today. Shannon and I can’t decide if the Boomtown Rats are more punk or more new wave.

“Always on My Mind” Pet Shop Boys (Willie Nelson)

Posted on August 27, 2009

I heard this version on XM Radio this morning and couldn’t resist posting the video. A great message from Willie Nelson, huh? “Yeah I didn’t call you from the road. Yeah I slept around with a bunch of groupies. But I was thinking about you the whole time!”