Enter For a Chance To Win

I realize that American Idol is not everyone’s bag but seriously, that finale show last night? Was AWESOME. It was just one star after another. Queen Latifah was there looking fabulously sexy even though someone shoe horned her into a futuristic tight jumpsuit (wardrobe!) and Cyndi Lauper was all cool with her crazy hair looking at Allison and thinking “I could be your Mom” and Jason Mraz was “I love hats!” and Lionel Richie was dancing on the ceiling and the Black Eyed Peas made white people in the audience try to dance and Rod Stewart looked a little bit like he just woke up from a nap or he and Paula were sipping the sauce backstage but he’s Rod Fucking Stewart (no really, that’s his official middle name) so he can get away with that (though he might end up joining his son in Celebrity Rehab) and Carlos Santana stood on a little platform playing his guitar like some sort of god and Steve Martin played the banjo- who knew he wrote songs too? (His talents are endless.) And K.I.S.S. was there! I remember the neighbor boy I had a crush on when I was little had a glow in the dark poster of them in his room. It scared the crap out of me.

Dude, it was EPIC.

Yeah, so, I danced in my living room but this time I did not videotape it. (Lesson learned.) I can’t remember a finale show being that entertaining before and I’ve been watching from the start. I AM AN IDOL NERD. Don’t judge. Just be glad I haven’t geeked out weekly here about it because trust me when I tell you I have opinions.

Apologies to those of who could care less and follow me on Twitter.

Even though the results were prematurely leaked to me (I am looking at YOU East Coast Tweeters!), I still reveled in the moment. I know the show gets a bad rap but for a girl like me who always secretly dreamed of being a singer, I love it. I get to live vicariously through their journeys. This year the contestants really showed their uniqueness. Adam and Kris were the two left standing because of their incredible talent and the fact that they both stayed true to themselves while really changing up songs that had been covered many times before. I definitely applaud them for that. There really aren’t losers when it comes down to the final two on Idol. Both of them will have great careers ahead of them.

And that’s my unsolicited two cents.

To follow in the Idol footsteps, I’ve compiled a list of songs that I think are really awesome covers by really talented artists. Please add your favorites to the comments! If you comment between now and Tuesday, you’ll be entered to win a mix cd of some of the songs listed here made by little ol’ me. Mail! From me! You know you want it.

  1. Me First & the Gimme Gimme’s cover of Lionel Richie’s Hello
  2. Angie Aparo’s cover of Elton John’s Rocket Man
  3. Everything But the Girl’s cover of Tom Waits’ Downtown Train
  4. Joshua Radin’s cover of Yaz’s Only You
  5. Tristan Prettyman’s cover of Britney Spear’s Toxic
  6. Indigo Girls’ cover of Dire Straits’ Romeo & Juliet
  7. Bad Astronaut’s cover of Elliott Smith’s Needle in the Hay
  8. Sara Bareilles’ cover of Otis Redding’s Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
  9. Madeleine Peyroux’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me to the End of Love
  10. Diana Krall’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s Case of You
  11. Cake’s cover of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive
  12. Dixie Chicks cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide
  13. Cat Power’s cover of Phil Phillips’ Sea of Love
  14. Katie Thompson’s cover of Crowded House’s Fall at Your Feet
  15. Martin Sexton’s cover of Prince’s Purple Rain
  16. Tori Amos’ cover of the Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love
  17. Aretha Franklin’s cover of Judy Garland’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow

If you don’t know who these artists are than that’s even more reason for you to comment so you can maybe win the cd. Like, duh.

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  1. Why are there no comments yet?

    Off the top of my head:
    Definitely Hurt, NIN covered by Johnny Cash
    I walk the line, Johnny Cash covered by Live (remember that version from last year’s Idol. It was Live’s arrangement.)

    Cat Power is amazing. Her covers always have me wondering why I know all the words — I am a fan of House of the Rising Sun.
    Pearl Jam does a whack of covers — my faves: Crazy Mary — Victoria Williams, and It’s OK by Dead Moon. 😉

    Oh and Nickelback should be taken out back and shot for thinking for even a moment they could handle Tom Joad. (I’m pretty sure he thought it was a RATM song.)

  2. – Rufus Wainwright’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
    – Emm Gryner’s cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” (more covers on her Girl Versions CD)
    – Catherine Wheel’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”

    All notable.

    Also, I thought Idol was good last night. I haven’t Idol-blogged for several years, but if you’re interested in some historical idol blogging, you can find it on my blog. I was impressed with this finale’s lineup, and actually thought Lionel and Rod stole the show. However, the ensemble numbers sounded like Mini-Pops. I’m sorry.

    Now Kris can go on with making great records, and Adam can go on doing whatever the hell he wants to do. I imagine a Rock / Musical double-debut album is in the works.

  3. My fav is cat power’s sea of love cover. But it’s on your list. I will have to think some more after coffee.

  4. One more!

    Cat Power – Metal Heart

    Oh, and I am disqualifying myself from the contest since I’ve benefited from many of mix CDs from you, but hello! What a great contest. Someone is going to be dancing around their living room for sure! You are the queen of excellent mix CDs.

  5. Oh wow, pressure on. I think I deserve this CD (whatever the final product looks like) because I am so music illiterate. I mean, not that I haven’t heard many of these artists, but put me on the spot like this and I’m full of nothing. I would likely throw in a Beatles song (there are so many to choose from), Pearl Jam and possibly Satellite by Dave Matthews.

  6. Oh, no… west coasters should STAY OFF Twitter on finale nights.

    My pick: the Jane’s Addcition No Rain cover. OH, or U2’S Sweet Caroline.

  7. Rufus Wainwright’s “Hallelujah” is my all-time favorite cover.

    Also love Diana Krall’s “Case of You”. I saw her perform it live a few years back and it gave me chills. So good.

  8. Damn, I don’t watch that show, but I wish I would have seen it now. Maybe I’ll start.

    I’m going to second what Mike said:

    Rufus Wainwright’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

    And am adding Dream Theater’s (with Queensryche!) cover of Comfortably Numb. Two of the best freaking bands ever, IMO.

  9. Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is by far my favourite cover – he does it so well, you’d almost think he wrote the song himself…


    Patrica O’Callagan’s almost operatic version of Pearl Jam’s Better Man is a guilty pleasure for this classically-trained rock fan.

    Sarah Polley does a haunting cover of Tragically Hip’s Courage on the “The Sweet Hereafter” soundtrack.

    Obadiah Parker’s acoustic cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya is delightful.

    Cake’s version of I Will Survive is always fun.

    k.d. lang does a wonderful version of Joni Mitchell’s Case of You.

    And lately I’m digging Placebo’s version of Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush. I don’t know why.

    Finally – how to pick my favourite Tori Amos cover?! She does so many lovely ones: LC’s Suzanne; Oasis’s Don’t Look Back in Anger; Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit; REM’s Losing My Religion (a personal favourite); Eminem’s ’97 Bonnie & Clyde (creepy!), etc…
    But my favourite is her version of Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat. Love that song…

  10. New Found Glory’s cover of “King of wishful thinking.” I love, love, love to sing this at the top of my lungs in my car. others stare and wonder who the weird girl is…

  11. The Sarah McLachlan’s cover of blackbird was already mentioned. I love it.

    But I have to thow my hat in for Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah, makes me cry ever single time.

    An oldie but goodie, Frank Sanatra’s verison of NY, NY which was written for Liza Minilli.

    Mary J Blige’s cover of One by U2.

  12. I’ll add the Indigo Girls’ cover of Grateful Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band.” Also, I don’t know if it’s been recorded, but when I saw Lily Allen in concert last month, she did a cover of Britney’s “Womanizer,” and that was pretty awesome as well.

  13. I love Leigh Nash’s version of Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House.
    And Jamie Cullen’s version of High & Dry by Radiohead.
    And Nichole Nordeman’s version of In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel.

  14. I know the artists you mentioned but haven’t heard most of the covers. My favorite cover is Careless Whisper by Seether. I also love that Johnny Cash song that Live covered. I can’t think of the name of it right now but I love it.

    As for Idol, I am very happy Kris won. He was my second favorite for a long while, and then several weeks ago became my favorite. I love his voice, and I also think his personality seems nice which is a bonus. Even the way he was so shocked he won was kind of cool. Adam was fine but his screaming hurt my ears. And I understand he is a great singer, just something about the tone of his voice was not something I liked or would listen to. It almost seemed like he should be in musicals or something. Either way, they both have talent and hopefully will both go far and not just fade away.

    I am cracking up about your Rod Steward comment because I was thinking he looked like he just woke up too! My husband said he’s just old now.

  15. As a fellow American Idol fan, I had to delurk. Kris was my second favorite so I’m glad he won but I’m an Anoop fan through and through.

    The Postal Service covers Against All Odds really really well.

  16. I just posted about how I loved the finale show too! And I agree that it hardly matters who wins. In fact I love Adam but I think the results are probably better for everyone this way.

  17. Uh, that’s a good one… I really enjoyed the finale last night, too. Very well put together.

    My favorite covers:
    Pearl Jam covering “Love, Reign o’er Me” by The Who and “Sitting at the dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding

  18. Oh, and p.s. I forgot to mention: “King Midas in Reverse” by the Hollies covered by MY HUSBAND. It’s awesome. Better than the original 🙂


    I love Ben Lee’s cover of Old 97’s “Question”. I also Rufus Wainwright’s cover of The Beatles “Across the Universe”.

  20. I feel totally out of the loop..I haven’t heard half of the covers you mentioned 😦 If I don’t win I will have to look those up and make a cd of them myself!

  21. My absolute favorite covers:

    “You Oughta Know” (originally by Alanis Morisette) covered by Scala & Kolacny Brothers

    “Live and Let Die” (originally by Paul McCartney) covered by Guns N Roses

    “Because the Night” (originally by Patti Smith) covered by 10,000 Maniacs

    “Hard to Handle” (originally by Otis Redding) covered by The Black Crows

    “Jolene” (originally by Dolly Parton) covered by The White Stripes

    “You’ve Got a Friend” (originally by Carol King) covered by James Taylor

    I know some of these are not as current as others, but they are truly my favorites. As some one that uses music in their line of work, I am *passionate* about this topic. Thank you so much for bringing it up!

    ~Auntie Peep

  22. These are some favorites on my iPod:

    Luna’s cover of “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N Roses
    Beck’s cover of “Diamond Dogs” by David Bowie
    Duran Duran’s cover of “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin

  23. Korn’s version of Word Up and the Afghan Whigs version of I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love and also anything done in spoken word format by William Shatner.

  24. Thank you for not spewing your Idol love on the blog. I’m forced to watch with Granny, and that’s enough for me.

    And you know what’s worst? Granny can’t stand it, so she always looks online to see who wins before she watches. Strange lady, that one.

  25. Ack, why can’t I think of any covers I like?? A couple of posters mentioned covers of Cohen’s Hallelujah…I do tend to like Hallelujah covers. I dig the Rufus Wainright, Jeff Buckley, and the KD Lang version. Ummm, also prefer Aretha’s “Respect” to the Otis Redding version. I also dig the Cake version of I Will Survive that you have on your mix.

  26. I love your list! And I had to stop reading the comments because I kept seeing more I wanted to add to my list. So here’s my list:

    Jeff Buckley’s cover of “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen)
    The Jayhawks’ cover of “Bad Time to Be In Love” (Grand Funk Railroad)
    Framing Hanley’s cover of “Lollipop” (Lil Wayne)
    and, last, but certainly not least, ADAM FREAKIN’ LAMBERT’S COVER OF “MAD WORLD” (Tears For Fears, Gary Jules)

    Ok. I’m done now.


  27. David Cook’s cover of “Always Be My Baby” (Mariah Carey) from last season of AI!

    I live in Seattle so if you pick me to win, I’ll save you money on shipping! 🙂

  28. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash is likely the best cover of all time. There’s also a new one out that I heard randomly on the radio that I’m fond of, Wham’s “Careless Whisper” as done by Seether. Love.

  29. Lagwagon’s “Brown Eyed Girl”
    kd lang’s “Halleluia” (sp?)
    Cake’s “Perhaps”
    Britney Spears does a hilarious version (probably unintentionally) of “I Love Rock & Roll”


  30. omg… that list is crazy! and if i don’t win it, i’m just going to have to go out and make that cd for myself.

    cool cover: lacuna coil – the silence, depeche mode.

  31. I just discovered Amy Mann’s cover of Coldplay’s The Scientist – it’s great. And I also love Greg Laswell’s cover of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

    I hope I win! 🙂

  32. I’m normally not an Idol fan, but it does sound like it was a good episode to have watched last night. Love so many of those musicians!

  33. I didn’t know this until Kris covered the country cover of what I now just learned was originally a Bob Dylan song but I pick Adele’s version of “Feel My Love”

    Also notable:

    the Ataris covering Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer”

    Tristan Prettyman covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”

    Ben Folds covering Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”

  34. oooh i love this! and thanks for the suggestions on the new tunes to check out!

    a few of my faves…
    eva cassidy- time after time
    john mayer- message in a bottle
    john mayer- free fallin
    she and him- you really got a hold on me

  35. tori – wrapped around your finger (the police)
    tori – losing my religion (rem)
    heather headley – your song (elton john)
    five for fighting – all i know (art garfunkel)
    the old believers – whatever you like (ti)
    caroline lavelle – case of you (joni mitchell)
    heather nova – i have the touch (peter gabriel)

  36. check these out!

    Shiny Toy Gun’s cover of Depeche Mode “Stripped” or Shinead O’conner “Nothing Compares 2 U”

    Snake River Conspiracy’s cover of The Smiths “How Soon is Now” or the Cures “Lovesong”

  37. Huh. I don’t really know anyone who isn’t played on country radio, so other than the Dixie Chicks you’ve lost me.

    I haven’t watched American Idol since season 3, but last night when I was flipping through the stations, trying to find something, ANYTHING, to watch, I saw Cyndi Lauper up there singing with some chick and I watched. Because is there a better performer than Cyndi Lauper. I think not. But when Cyndi was gone, so was I. Because Lionel Richie? He just does not do it for me!!

  38. Here’s a few for you to check out:
    India.Arie – “The Heart of the Matter”
    The Bird and the Bee – “How Deep is Your Love”
    Supersuckers – “Hey Ya”
    Marie Digby – “Umbrella”

    I love covers, mix CD’s, and American Idol. We could be sisters.

  39. Oooo oooo oooooh…just one more. I like that Hawaiian guy Israel something-unspellable’s cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Beautiful.

  40. I’m having a love in with Kings of Leon and Alexisonfire right now.
    Does the fact that at this late hr I can’t quote a song count me out?? Cause that looks like an awesome list.

    And sorry but I don’t do reality shows….sorry

  41. I love your mix, and I really love covers! I did a cd for a mix exchange with a group from a message board, and even with all the other mixes I got from that exchange, I still don’t have a lot from your list, so I’ll have to look them up.

  42. Why is it that when I do a google search for your website It comes back as “Sizzle Says · Pornography – 9:03pm?” Is there something in the archives I haven’t noticed? Because I’ve totally been looking.

    I would add “Wiggle Stick” by The Reverend Horton Heat.

  43. Ben Sollee’s version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Nickel Creek’s version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

    Also, stay off teh Twitter on results night, Sizz! Some of us can’t remember how many time zones the country actually covers! 😉

  44. I don’t watch Idol, but heard all about it from my youngest niece who is still quite bitter about the results…

    Awesome CD idea.

  45. I am afraid to read through all of the comments… too expensive.

    Erasure’s cover album of Abba. Can’t believe I didn’t think of that yesterday, we listen to it all of the time. My six year old son LOVES Abba.

  46. ooh and the 10,000 Maniacs cover of Peace Train… but it is almost impossible to find, post 9/11.

  47. I haven’t had a chance to skim thru and see if anyone else mentioned this, but A Newfound Glory has two albums containing covers from movie soundtracks (“From the Screen to Your Stereo” – Parts 1 & 2). They’re pretty punky, but awesome.

  48. I’m going to have to dig through your comments in more detail, I’m a fiend for cover songs!

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    Possession – Evans Blue
    Mad World – Gary Jules
    Simple Man – Deftones
    In Your Eyes – Lori McKenna
    Maggie’s Farm – Rage Against The Machine

  49. I love…

    Gary Jules’s cover of “Mad World”
    The Vandals cover of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”
    Alien Ant Farm covering Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal
    Ben Folds doing “Bitches Ain’t Shit”
    “Gin and Juice” and “No Diggity” done by The Gourds
    “Boys-n-the-Hood” done by Dynamite Hack

  50. Cassandra Wilson’s cover of Dylan’s “Shelter from the storm”

    Tuck & Patti’s combo Hendrix cover of “Castles Made of Sand” and “Little Wing,” also their cover of Lauper’s “Time after time”

    Nickel Creek’s version of Spears’ “Toxic”
    Also Yael Naim’s cover of “Toxic”
    so many great covers of this song

  51. Thought of another two that I love:
    “Dancing Queen” by Luka Bloom (so hot)
    “You Shook Me All Night Long’ by Hayseed Dixie…it’s just fun.

  52. Jason Mraz’s cover of Bob Marley’s “One Love”
    Brandi Carlile’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin'”
    Anya Marina’s cover of TI’s “Whatever You Like”
    Shawn Colvin’s cover of Gnarles Barkley’s “Crazy”
    Matt Nathanson’s cover of James’ “Laid”
    Jason Mraz’s cover of MJ’s “Billy Jean”

    And I don’t know if you can call this a cover, but Marvin Gaye recorded the second or third version of “Heard It Through The Grapevine” and I love it.

    I definitely like TP’s version of Toxic, but I like her cover of the song from the movie Juno “All I Want Is You” much better which is on an iTunes exclusive EP.

  53. Sizz – I forgot….
    The already mentioned Gary Jules’ version of Tears for Fears “Mad World”
    Placebo’s version of The Pixies “Where is My Mind?”
    Pulp’s version of The Clash’s “Lost in a Supermarket”

  54. Courtney Pine & Cassandra Wilson’s cover of Billie Holiday’s Don’t Explain. They called it Don’t ‘Xplain. It is on his 1995 album Modern Day Jazz Stories and is well worth the price of admission.

  55. Rufus Wainwright’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” was said by someone else but I really adore that song! Also, I started listening to Tristan Prettyman after you seeing her tweet about her (I think to Bre?) and now I’ve listened to “love, love, love” roughly 800 gazillion times. I must find her version of “Toxic” because Britney is a drug I’m too in love with to quit.

  56. Sadly, I *am* one of those regular “Idol posters”, but I have strong opinions, and feel they need to be unveiled :). I was beyond thrilled with the end results, and I thought this was the best finale show yet.

    Great idea with the CD Sizz – I really enjoy “Good Morning Starshine” originally sung in the 60’s by Oliver, and now covered by Serena Ryder. A local Atlantic Canadian talent by the name of Matt Andersen ends pretty much every show with a standing ovation and the crowd joining in with Bob Dylan’s “Wagon Wheel”. Even if these two don’t make the disc, I strongly suggest giving them a listen!

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