"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Calexico
A couple summers ago, on long drives back and forth to a remote lake house, I was obsessed with Calexico's song Two Silver Trees. I tried some of their other songs but I'm not really into their style of music (Country/Tex Americana etc). However, I so enjoy their speedier, cheerier cover of Joy Division's LWTUA. It's refreshing since in most of the LWTUA covers I listen to, the singer is trying awfully hard to sound like Curtis. Here, the Calexico vocalist Joey Burns just sounds like himself.
Destroid's "Lucretia, My Reflection" Cover
A dancy, upbeat cover by a German electro band. Cool vocals, but too reminiscent of Andrew Eldritch's voice for me - I prefer my cover songs to sound different. Still, this singer has an awesome voice. You can hear them cover this song live at the Darkwave festival in 2010.
Warrel Dane - "Lucretia My Reflection"
I don't like metal at all, but it's interesting to hear a metal musician's take on the song. Definitely the angry throat-scorching vocals I was expecting. I actually much prefer his "Crystal Ship" Doors cover.
"Bela Lugosi is Dead" - by David J and Valentino Frankenstein
Valentino Frankenstein is a talented musician from my hometown of San Diego. Back in April he had a dream come true - he performed "Bela Lugosi is Dead" on stage with David J! I'm intrigued by David J's intonations and the way he chooses to sing the lyrics - quite different, and definitely leaves his own mark on the song.
School of Seven Bells - "Kiss Them For Me"
Love this electro/ethereal band's take on the song. Gorgeous vocals. Makes me want to dance (though so does Siouxsie's original!)
--Copyright 2012 Carrie Carolin