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Coverer: Radiohead formed in 1985 – so they had been around 10 years when I saw them live opening for R.E.M. on a rainy evening in September 1995 which happened to be C and my first night out following the birth of our twins in July of that year.
Coveree: Joy Division formed in 1976. They were a preeminent force in the new music scene of the late 70s early 80s. Lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980 just before the bands first ever US tour. The remaining members carried on as New Order.
The Song: Ceremony was actually a New Order song, but it was one of the last songs written with Ian Curtis and would have been a Joy Division song if…
The Cover: Radiohead recorded Ceremony as part of their 2007 “Thumbs Down” webcast.
Coverer: John Zorn is an avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer and saxophonist. He has worked with Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson and formed the jazz-punk collective Naked City in 1988. Yamantaka Eye is a Japanese vocalist and visual artist. He is a member of the Boredoms who formed in 1986 (possibly earlier).
Coveree: The Stooges (aka Iggy & the Stooges) were and are a ground-breaking band who formed in 1967 and laid important groundwork for punk and alternative music. The disbanded in 1974, but reformed in 2003. Mike Watt of Minutemen and fIREHOSE fame is currently a member of the Stooges.
The Song: T.V. Eye is a track off the Stooge’s second album, Fun House.
The Cover: John Zorn with Yamantaka Eye on screamed vocals recorded a break-neck paced version of T.V.Eye which appeared on the 1990 compilation double-CD Rubaiyat for Elektra Records 40th Anniversary.
Coverer: Dave Alvin was a founding member of the legendary punk-era, roots rock band The Blasters, was a one-time member of X and is a member of X side project The Knitters. In addition, he has had a prolific solo career.
Coveree: The Beach Boys formed in 1961 in Hawthorne, California, reflected the California youth lifestyle of surf, cars and romance. Later, leader Brian Wilson took the band into a more complex sound.
The Song: Surfer Girl was the title track to the bands 1963 album. It was one of the first songs written solely by Brian Wilson.
The Cover: Dave Alvin covered Surfer Girl on his 2006 album West of the West which featured covers of several songs which originated from the western United States.
Coverer: The Del McCoury Band is a bluegrass band which formed in 1967 as Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals and solidified into its current line-up in the 1980s and became the Del McCoury Band in 1988.
Coveree: Richard Thompson was an original member of Fairport Convention, the legendary British Folk-Rock/Electric Folk band. He left Fairport Convention in 1971, released a solo album in 1972 and then begin recording and performing with his then wife Linda Thompson. Since their personal and professional split, he has had a successful solo career.
The Song: 1952 Vincent Black Lightning appeared on his 1991 album Rumor & Sigh. The song which harkens back to traditional English melodies and early 20th Century American folk songs.
The Cover: Del McCoury Band recorded a bluegrass cover of 1952 Vincent Black Lightning on the 2001 album Del and the Boys and has subsequently become a Bluegrass staple.
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