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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Nine Great Covers from the '90s You May Have Missed

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3. Superchunk - "Brand New Love" (Sebadoh Cover)

On 1991's The Free Seed EP, North Carolina's Superchunk did its own version of three different Sebadoh songs -- an interesting choice considering neither band was extremely well-known, outside of certain circles.

Superchunk's interpretation of "Brand New Love" changes the entire vibe of the song. As opposed to Sebadoh's Lou Barlow, whose dark voice and acoustic guitar give the feeling that perhaps this love is something to be feared, Superchunk speeds the track up and adds Mac McCaughan's higher voice. The combination provides a hopeful quality to the new love targeted in the lyrics.

2. Dinosaur Jr. - "Hot Burrito #2" (Flying Burrito Brothers Cover)

With its version of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven," Dinosaur Jr. produced a song that, according to Internet lore, led Cure frontman Robert Smith to re-think how his band did the original.

While Dinosaur Jr.'s version of "Hot Burrito #2" came way too late to affect how Gram Parsons may have seen the song, J. Mascis' stoner drawl fits in nicely with the song's country beginnings, while his fuzzy, overdriven guitar obliterates the jangle of the original. The track also features actor Matt Dillon on background vocals, because -- well, I don't know. Maybe Citizen Dick was on a break.

1. Nirvana - "Do You Love Me?" (Kiss Cover)

Along with Doc Martins, flannel shirts and overpriced coffee, the '90s also brought another development: musicians finally expressing their love for Kiss. From Pearl Jam's Mike McCready to Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, musicians finally proudly spoke of Kiss' influence on them.

While Kiss predictably took this new-found credibility and promptly curated a cover album in tribute to itself, the most interesting of all the Kiss covers appeared on C/Z Records' "Hard to Believe" -- a compilation featuring bands from the Northwest including the Melvins and Nirvana. Singing what was lyrically one of the most ridiculous KISS songs (and that's a high bar), Kurt Cobain seems to be high spirits as he goofs his way through the chorus -- a beautiful counterpoint to the usually somber Nirvana catalog.

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