Detta: Inventive Covers

Just the other day, Pasi from Sväng contacted to me to say that the band have just released a new album. He said it was a little different to Sväng's previous albums (as you'll hear on the Love Music Festival Jukebox, it's a diverse mix of swinging, driving music taking influences from all over the world). This album is called Sväng Plays Chopin and is, yes, an entire album of Chopin covers!

If you've never heard of Chopin, he was a Polish composer and pianist and he lived from 1810 to 1849. His music is much loved and played by pianists from all over the world, but I'm not sure they will have ever heard anything like Sväng's versions of Chopin's pieces!

Pasi sent me a copy of this album and I can only say that they really are as inventive and different sounding as all of Sväng's other music. As a Chopin fan myself, sometimes I would be listening to a tune, and be thinking, "what is this?"... then after a while it would dawn on me and I would recognise the piece they were playing. Have a listen to Mazurka No 24 G minor & Mazurka No 23, Op 33/2 D major by Sväng on the Love Music Festival Jukebox.

This led me to think about covers in general. A cover version is simply a new performance or recording of a previously recorded piece of music and in my experience they can be both wonderful inventions of something familiar or terrible renditions of something once brilliant! There is another band performing at Love Music Festival in November who specialise in interesting and inventive covers. Although they are not playing at Sonic Harmonic, can find out who they are?

As I was thinking about covers, I tried to remember some of the funniest / weirdest / most interesting I'd ever heard. I've listed a couple below. If you know of any covers that you love/loath, let me know about them!

Scissor Sisters' cover version of Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

Dizzie Rascal's cover version of Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Richard Thompson's cover version of Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears

Youssou N'Dour's cover version of Chimes of Freedom by Bob Dylan

Sid Vicious' cover of My Way by Frank Sinatra

The Beatles' version of Twist and Shout by The Isley Brothers

Bobby McFerrin and Yo Yo Ma playing / singing The Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky Korsakov.

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