Monday, August 10, 2009

Sparks, Siouxsie, and Weird Al


I stuck a pic of the MTV astronaut on yesterday’s entry, which shouldn’t strike anyone as too odd.  Not only is it an obvious symbol of Gen X solidarity, it’s also sort of sci-fi + rock + capitalism + science all at the same time, not a bad summary of the good things in life mentioned yesterday.

And while we’re contemplating the rock of ages, here’s a Sparks song, complete with Darkness-like falsetto, in the mid-70s — “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us” — and here’s the same song being covered in the mid-80s by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

That’s just one of many great covers on the Siouxsie album Through the Looking Glass, on which she proves, I think, that she can do songs by several bands better than the originals, including Roxy Music, Iggy Pop, and the Doors.  If it were “fair” to count a covers album, it might be my favorite album.  (But does anyone do the Doors as well as Weird Al with his “CraigsList” parody, especially the part about the styrofoam peanuts?)

It’s probably for the best that this recent live cover Siouxsie did (solo) of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’” isn’t on Through the Looking Glass, but you might enjoy it, too.  It’s better than the Fixx’s odd cover of that song from the bizarre When Pigs Fly covers compilation, much as I love the Fixx.

And finally, to remind us of Michael Jackson’s far-flung influence on the culture: “Fashion Zombies” and “Super-Rad.”

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