I absolutely love the ultra-somber take on Love Song here. The guitar arrangement--finger-picked broken chords--is almost hypnotic in the way that it rolls over and over. Then add in a beautiful vocal interpretation and we've got ourselves a winner here. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
In Between Days by Fightstar
Something very intriguing about this cover. I love the harmonica (a Cure song with harmonica!) and the whole approach feels almost like a Replacements sort of vibe.Which works for me. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Friday I'm in Love by Seth Davis
It's always interesting when people take pretty much an opposite approaches to the cover as the original. Here's the Cure, a British band known for great big production style (among other things), but let's take one of their songs and play it in an Americana acoustic folk style. Shall we?
Pictures of You by Caroline Corn
A very heartfelt cover, with beautiful, longing vocals and a simple acoustic guitar part. This is the kind of cover that makes me actually interested in listening to covers. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Just Like Heaven by Katie Melua
One of several very beautiful covers of this tune, which just begs to have beautiful covers of it made. I love the slow Spanish guitar style, which is so perfectly accented by Katie's smooth vocals. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Pictures of You by Rio En Medio
Picture a Parisian jazz cafe, circa 1960. The small ensemble is improvising a smooth little tune, and that tune is called Pictures of You. Are you hip to that daddy-o? Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
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Just Like Heaven by Dinosaur Jr.
This noisy version is almost as much a classic as the original. It's possible that this one by Dinosuar Jr is the earliest cover of this tune (from way back in 1987, a few years before the heyday of noise and grunge). Today it is still definitely a cover worth listening to. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
You can definitely hear the emotion in the vocals in this one, as Magicrays definitely hits the nail right on the head with the spirit of regret that this tune exemplifies. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Just Like Heaven by Charlotte Martin
I love hearing Robert Smith's well-known guitar intro played on a piano. It just changes it and brings it a very special quality. Add lovely female vocals on top and you've got yourself a winner. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
The Love Cats by The Lovers
Oo La La. Can zee French do zee Cure? Oiu!
A Night Like This by Bavasso
One of those dark tunes that I like so much (this one is probably my favorite Cure tune). Here it's been taken from the gigantic gothic arrangement of the original to a sort of spartan triphop. The whispered female vocals give this one a delicate and disturbing edge that I love
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Friday I'm in Love by Janet Devlin
A delicate strings and strings version of this one. Once again, female vocals seem to work really, really well on this particular tune.
Fascination Street by Xu Xu Fang
A pretty darned good cover of Fascination Street here. The big disturbing and uber-gothic feel of the original is retained here. The pulsing tribal drums add to the tension and work very well to great effect. Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)
Okay, so if you spend much time looking for cover tunes, you discover several artists who do lullaby versions and kids' versions, etc. of pretty much every artist ever. But this one... okay, first off, Fascination Street is a damned disturbing song with definite adult content, so you'd have to question the decision to make a kids' version of it in the first place. But here's the thing: playing it with bells in that kids' version style actually makes it even creepier. I'm pretty sure that this would give a listening infant their first nightmares, but for adults, it's actually kinda cool.
This is a soft and sweet cover here. The simple arrangement and soothing vocals remind me quite a bit of the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole cover of Over the Rainbow. Very Nice Buy it on iTunes (or hear longer preview)