Kicking off “Best of 2012″ week a little early with my top five cover songs from this year. Next week, I’ll post my favorite EPs, songs, and albums, along with some of Dan’s favorites (and least favorites) of the year.
As I’ve ranted about before, covers can be a tricky thing, particularly if you’re a fan of the original song. Too close to the original, and its karaoke. Too far from the original, and it’s blasphemy. Here are a few I thought hit that sweet spot.
5. Titus Andronicus – “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!”
(X-Ray Spex cover)
4. Buxton – “Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads cover)
3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti & Dam-Funk – “Baby”
(Donnie & Joe Emerson cover)
2. TRAILS AND WAYS – “Sure Thing” (Miguel cover)
1. Zola Jesus – “Diamonds” (Rihanna cover)