Refried Music

A Selection of Cover Songs

Kerli – She’s In Parties

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Song: She’s In Parties
Cover Artist: Kerli
Album (Year): Kerli ep (2007)
Original Artist: Bauhaus


I’d never heard of this artist before listening to this track, but it immediately made me go look up more of her material. There’s just something intriguing about her pop-goth style that made me want to hear more.

‘She’s in Parties’ was originally recorded by seminal gothic rock group Bauhaus for their 1983 album Burning From the Inside. This was their final single, as the band broke up before the album was even released. Estonian artist Kerli recorded the song as the final track on her now out-of-print debut ep.

Kerli – She’s in Parties

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Bauhaus – She’s in Parties

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The EP containing this song is currently out of print but here’s her first studio album ‘Love is Dead’ on:
Love Is Dead (mp3) on Amazon
Love Is Dead (CD) on Amazon
Love Is Dead (mp3) on iTunes


Down By Law – 500 Miles

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Song: 500 Miles
Cover Artist: Down By Law
Album (Year): punkrockacademyfightsong (1994)
Original Artist: The Proclaimers


This cover is always a hit at parties I’ve DJed, and is usually one of the first songs requested if any repeat party-goers are in attendance. Usually by the chorus everyone is singing (shouting?) along. It’s just an amazingly fun cover.

Released originally by The Proclaimers in 1988 it became a hit in the UK, but never caught on in the US until it appeared on the soundtrack to Benny & Joon in 1993. Down By Law drops this right in the middle of their 1994 album punkrockacademyfightsong amidst a bunch of other equally fun and raucous punk rock songs.

Down By Law – 500 Miles

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The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

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Punkrockacademyfightsong (mp3) on Amazon
Punkrockacademyfightsong (CD) on amazon
Punkrockacademyfightsong (mp3) on iTunes


Beseech – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Beseech - Souls Highway

Song: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
Cover Artist: Beseech
Album (Year): Souls Highway (2002)
Original Artist: ABBA


This is prime example of what I love about cover songs. When the two bands involved belong to genres that couldn’t possibly be further apart. In fact, about the only thing these two bands have in common is they’re both from Sweden.

Beseech was a gothic metal band that put out several albums in the early 2000’s. Hidden at the end of their 2002 album ‘Souls Highway’ was this plodding cover of one of ABBA’s biggest disco hits. You won’t have the urge to hit the dance floor for this track, but Beseech puts their own feel to the song and makes it their own.

Beseech – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

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ABBA – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

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Buy:
Souls Highway (mp3) on Amazon
Souls Highway (CD) on Amazon
Souls Highway (mp3) on iTunes


Welcome!

Hello. Welcome to my little corner of the web.

The roots for my love of music came early in my childhood. My father had an impressive collection of 50s and 60s folk and country records bookended by albums full of Irish drinking songs. Our family would sing on long car trips and I learned the lyrics to songs like “If I had a Hammer” and “16 Tons” right alongside more traditional children’s songs. The first album I remember owning as a kid was “Chipmunks sing the Beatles Hits” which my brother and I used to play on a big, clunky, blue and white briefcase style record player. Then came a period of several years where everyone seemed to own ABBA albums and our family was no exception. Say what you want about the disco era those songs crawled into your head and set up camp forever whether you wanted them to or not.

In the early 80’s, I got a twin cassette deck boom box. Having a music player in my room allowed me to control the radio dial and I’d spend hours recording songs off the local top 40 radio station and making my own mix tapes. I bought my first cassette tape, the soundtrack to “Beverly Hills Cop” (a movie I strangely still have never seen) and developed an obsession with the band Genesis. I started tracking down all their old albums which were much different from the pop albums they were making in the mid 80’s. I discovered that my favorite tracks on these albums were nothing like what was played on the radio. I knew there had to be more music like this out there but had no idea how to find it. If it wasn’t played on the radio I didn’t know about it.

This all changed when bands like Whitesnake, Van Halen and Def Leppard hit the airwaves in the late 80’s. All of a sudden there was this genre of music called Heavy Metal that I’d never even dreamed of. I started reading metal magazines like Metal Edge and RIP, and created lists of bands I needed to check out. My musical tastes got heavier and heavier and I spent every extra penny on cassette tapes, often buying albums without ever having heard a single track. My friends started coming to me for advice on new bands which only fueled my need to know everything there was to know about every band out there.

My musical interests started expanding at a rapid pace. A girl I had a crush on started me listening to indie and alternative rock. My brother started listening to rap and hip-hip. A guy I worked with introduced me to Skinny Puppy and industrial music one day when he asked for my help trying to figure out the lyrics to a song. Another acquaintance turned me on to Black Flag and Minor Threat, the latter of which spoke to me like no other band before and songs like “Out of Step” became the soundtrack to my life.

I decided to go to college and major in Radio and Television Broadcasting. I joined the college radio station as a DJ and spent hours making tapes of songs from the station’s extensive library. One day when I was back at my parent’s house, I heard my youngest brother singing an old pop song that I was sure he couldn’t possibly be familiar with. When I asked him about it he told me that he had heard it on the radio and it was by a new rock artist. When I pointed out the true artist of the song he insisted that wasn’t correct. This prompted me to compile a double CD for him which contained one disc full of popular cover songs (including the one he’d been singing) and the second disc with the exact same tracks by the original artists.

I started making more of these double disc sets, and they became so popular that friends started asking for copies. I had to start actively searching out cover songs and managed to discover some amazing covers and amazing bands in the process. Now over fifteen years later, I have amassed a fairly large collection of cover songs and at the prompting of a few friends I’ve decided to start sharing some of what I’ve collected with the world.

This site will be devoted to cover songs. Some may be well known, others more obscure. Some may be works of pure musical genius, others not so much. In all cases I will attempt to give a brief history of the songs in question along with links to listen to not only the covered song but also the original if available. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy these as much as I do. See you in the comments section.