Print Edition: March 25, 2015
Station Manager Aaron Levy is stoked to help represent UFV Athletics on the cover of this edition of The Cascade! In honour of this momentous occasion, here are some cover tunes!
Certainly would not be a fan of George “Wham!” Michael’s original if I hadn’t been treated to this Family Values Tour staple first. Some of Fred Durst’s best, if purposively strained and slightly off-key, vocals; touch ya body. ;)
Iron and Wine
“Such Great Heights”
Originally a Ben Gibbard (Death Cab) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) collab on the Postal Service’s Give Up, Sam Beam really takes this song to the previous level, and forces us to thank him for stripping down the elegant production, written as a love letter to Cat Power, or Chan Marshall.
The greatest song 1995 ever brought us? It still took Rick Rubin and the Man in Black to bring it back to the forefront on the American Recordings in 2002. I was never a fan of this version, specifically because of Cash’s family-friendly need to re-write “shit” as “thorns.”
“Piece of My Heart”
A Blood Brothers aftermath side-project, the record responsible for this, what I’ll call a “gem,” was much maligned as a placebo for the post-… Burn Piano Island Burn deflation of BB Nation, but I’ve got to say, I freaking LOVE this cover. Janis Joplin never sounded so right. My only man.
Janet Jackson ft. Q-tip
“Got til It’s Gone”
“Joni Mitchell never lie,” said Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip when Jackson whispered the Canadian chanteuse’s timeless chorus over hip-hop beats and a snazzy 1990s music video that was clearly heavily drawn on for JJ and Busta Rhymes’ later “What’s it Gonna Be?” Jan was downhill from here.