2011 is definitely the year of the cover. And Holmes‘ project is “another one of those.” But it’s also one of the more unusual of the lot. Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” becomes a sunny single. “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” becomes a 1970s AM single. My favorite Jacksons tune is still funky, but now sounds white and nerdy. “Don’t Be Cruel” sounds like electronica Beatles. My second favorite Genesis song is a straightforward pop. (My favorite one is “Man on the Corner,” in case you were wondering.) Musically, it’s tight and fun, with gues appearances by Joel Shearer (Damien Rice, Alanis Morissette), Chris Bruce (M’chelle Ndegeocello, Sheryl Crow) Lawrence Katz (Bosstones), and Michael Jerome Moore (Blind Boys of Alabama, Better Than Ezra).
Wild, wild stuff. And make sure you don’t leave before the end, or you’ll miss the a capella ELO cover.
A few other versions…
And here’s my second favorite Genesis song, but not the Holmes version. You’ll have to buy the album to get that.
And here’s the vid, which I highly recommend.