Grunge shoegaze? That’s what you’ll find on this album of 1970s covers. You’ll find novel takes on bands ranging from The Monkees to Scritti Politti, from Neil Young to Miles Davis. As you can imagine, with an ambitious track list like this, they don’t all work. But overall–nice effort, cool experiment.
And the Best of the Rest? Another solid covers album I heard recently came from Bob Boilen.
Just some interesting instrumental takes on some classic tunes. And all it costs is your email.
Oh, and I have to mention this one: Open Your Eyes by David Hasselhoff.
Okay it’s not going to win any awards or anything but … It’s actually kinda good. The Hoff teams up with rock and pop veterans like Elliot Easton of The Cars, Todd Rundgren, Charlie Daniels, Traci Guns, and tons more. They help him rise to the level of the material, all covers of songs by the likes of Jesus and The Mary Chain, David Bowie, Echo and the Bunnymen, etc.
In the video, above, Hoff seems to be embracing his own hamminess–the same way Bill Shatner did on his successful “Has Been” album. It’s a formula, it’s silly, and it’s fun to listen to.