You Are In Charge Of A Hot Happening Young MTV-Ready Band. What Indie/Post-Punk/Etc Obscurity Do You Have Them Cover That Will Hit The Charts In A Heartbeat!

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I brought this up on the tribute band thread. Just a minute ago! I say give Cruisers Creek the million dollar bombast production job with big glam beats and some pretty boy cheekbones and you've got a number one record! Add a cool video of hip wet teens dancing by the creek-I'm thinking punk mountain dew commercial-and you've got a sensation! What indie/new wave/etc chestnut would you give to your band? And why don't hot young things pillage the post-punk catalog more often? It makes perfect sense. There are only a zillion great songs that ILMers and college radio station dj's play to death that would make sure-fire pop hits if they were given the shiny spritz of money. So?

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:06 (10 years ago) Permalink

Okay, now I'm thinking that if you change the lyrics a little bit, Britney's version of "She's Lost Control" produced by The Neptunes is gonna be her biggest single ever!

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:09 (10 years ago) Permalink

Oh, man. 500 posts by dinnertime!

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

Nobody will equal Grace Jone's version, shoo!

Jedmond (Jedmond), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

McFly are polishing their cover version of Mighty Mighty's "Built like a car" as we speak!

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

Grace's is great, i agree. better than paul young's love will tear us apart by a longshot.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

some jonathan richman, i reckon.

is the world ready for busted doing 'roadrunner'??

hobart paving (hobart paving), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

Is "Cut Your Hair" vintage yet?

cws (cws), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

whenever i listen to Hail by Straightjacket Fits I think that almost any one of those songs could be a smash. I'd give dial a prayer to Creed.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:25 (10 years ago) Permalink

JC Chasez - "Rip It Up"

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:28 (10 years ago) Permalink

our lips are sealed - go gos / fun boy three

simon 803 (simon 803), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:37 (10 years ago) Permalink

As I've said numerous times to complete and utter disinterest, the McFly single sounds a lot like The Mr T Experience. Something by them or the Queers or Squirtgun would be a sure fire winner and would require almost no effort at all on the part of everyone involved.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

simon, that was already a hit. how about "When The Telephone Rings".

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

andrew wk/"to hell with poverty"

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

Be on the lookout for my new band The Fading Captains. All the boys were handpicked from the Elite Modelling Agency. Their debut album Alien Lanes 2004! was produced by Bob Rock and mixed by Andy Wallace.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:51 (10 years ago) Permalink

Happening, young AWK

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 5 April 2004 13:52 (10 years ago) Permalink

I heard a version of 'Three Girl Rhumba' on a commercial television station ID. I felt sick.

Sasha (sgh), Monday, 5 April 2004 14:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

ca plane pour moi

teeny (teeny), Monday, 5 April 2004 14:40 (10 years ago) Permalink

U R TtLy frontin 4 fRANZ fERDINAND d00d n tr0llin 4 idees.
hAhAhA lol giv it upp.

autovac (autovac), Monday, 5 April 2004 14:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

i still haven't heard franz ferdinand yet. i'm scared of them cuzza the 80's/newrapture/newinterpol thing. I would give them Jet Set Junta by the Monochrome Set. Wait, that doesn't smell like a hit. I would give them Starry Nowhere by The Monochrome Set. Swelling strings, massive orchestra. They would be swimming in money.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 14:52 (10 years ago) Permalink

McFly could do a good Jet Set Junta, they might need to get rid of the political bits and replace them with stuff about paparazzis and call it "Jet Set Wahey!" or something instead though.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Monday, 5 April 2004 14:54 (10 years ago) Permalink

Sex Drive by the Embarrassments

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 5 April 2004 14:58 (10 years ago) Permalink

Sex Beat by Outkast featuring Kelis!!!!!!!!!!!!

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 14:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

ying yang twinz - "cannonball"

m., Monday, 5 April 2004 15:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

Maybe off topic, but The Dixie Chicks should cover "Indian Summer" by Beat Happening.

sexyDacner, Monday, 5 April 2004 15:45 (10 years ago) Permalink

Not (originally) an indie or post-punk song, but I'm sure someone could score big with 'Different Drum'.

N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 5 April 2004 15:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

Someone has GOT to cover Suicide's "Cheree" one of these days. It's a pop hit waiting to happen.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Monday, 5 April 2004 16:06 (10 years ago) Permalink

I bet Mark Anthony could do the number justice

sexyDancer, Monday, 5 April 2004 16:09 (10 years ago) Permalink

Good idea. Given their recent success, I wouldn't mind Usher and Lil Jon taking a crack at it too, in the Busta/Mariah "Give it to Me" duet sense.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Monday, 5 April 2004 16:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

If you choose "Hiroshima Mon Amour" by Ultravox, turn to page 53.
If you choose "Blush 102" by Algebra Suicide, turn to page 112.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Monday, 5 April 2004 16:56 (10 years ago) Permalink

Busted - "Orgasm Addict" (though it might make me cry)

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:00 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Mind Your Own Business" by Delta 5. It does matter who does it. Anybody could cover it. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dixie Chicks, Pink, No Doubt, whatever. It's just lying out there on the waiver wire, waiting for someone to nab it.

Broheems (diamond), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:11 (10 years ago) Permalink

Siouxsie covered it already (but that was 17 years ago). "The Passenger" is just a hit lying in wait, though.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

Seriously, it does seem a little strange to me. I mean you've got this alternate universe of great pop songs that hardly anyone has heard and nobody takes advantage? Is it just that dylan/beatles/auteur/singersongwriter thing? People used to make hit records out of anything once upon a time. folk songs, broadway tunes, movie music, etc. Why don't Wilco cover "I Will Dare" and get that big hit that they've never had? Seems silly to me. a good song is a good song.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

and it isn't even the auteur thing when people pay the matrix a million bucks to write a song. all they have to do is give westerburg beer money.

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:17 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Makes No Sense at All"-Husker Du
"Dark on You Now"-The Peanut Butter Conspiracy

BTW, is Beck's cover of the Korgis' "Everbody's Got to Learn Sometime" becoming a hit?

BTW #2, the Delta 5 song was covered a few years ago by Le Shok (not that they were in a position to have a hit or even that their version could've been a hit!).

Tim Ellison, Monday, 5 April 2004 17:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

I've never heard of "Le Shok" but that is one hell of an awful name.

all they have to do is give westerburg beer money.

Ha! This reminds me of how that shitty band The Offspring threw a tossed-off cover of the Didjits "Killboy Powerhead" on that big record they had. It wasn't a single or anything, but the album sold enough that I think Rick Didjit was able to buy a house!

Broheems (diamond), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:27 (10 years ago) Permalink

I wonder what the Vaselines did with their Nirvana money.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:55 (10 years ago) Permalink

Some ponce with cover "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and make it sound like John Mayer.

Lil' Fancy Pants (ex machina), Monday, 5 April 2004 17:59 (10 years ago) Permalink

"under the milky way" could be recorded in the studio tonight by any number of nu pop punk bands and on the billboard hot 100 in the morning.

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Monday, 5 April 2004 18:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

Human Hands, "She Eats Bugs"--it's waiting to happen

bedbug, Monday, 5 April 2004 18:06 (10 years ago) Permalink

I bet a bad pop punk band could do well ($$$$) butchering that Flaming Lips song about TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERINES.


Remember "Boys of Summer"?

Lil' Fancy Pants (ex machina), Monday, 5 April 2004 18:09 (10 years ago) Permalink

Slack Motherfucker

earlnash, Monday, 5 April 2004 18:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

>People used to make hit records out of anything once upon a time.

Case in point: a Mel Tormé b-side from 1964 is re-recorded by Siouxsie and Budgie, and becomes one of the most memorable hit singles of the early '80s. (The Creatures, Right Now.)

Palomino (Palomino), Monday, 5 April 2004 18:39 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Slow Dog" by Belly. Such a perfect pop rock ditty.

Jeanne Fury (Jeanne Fury), Monday, 5 April 2004 18:47 (10 years ago) Permalink

Nick Carter - 'Unsolved Child Murder/Light Aircraft On Fire' (double A-side)

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 5 April 2004 19:09 (10 years ago) Permalink

Girls Aloud - 'Me & You vs. The World'. I'm trying to imagine a parallel universe where this might happen. I doubt there is one.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Monday, 5 April 2004 19:10 (10 years ago) Permalink

The Vines should cover "Eighties" by Killing Joke, then the circle of irony will be complete!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 5 April 2004 19:14 (10 years ago) Permalink

Wait until you hear Ashanti's version of "Hot On The Heels Of Love".

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 5 April 2004 19:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

I would like to see a Franz Ferdinand medely of "Navvy"/"In The Navy".

christhamrin (christhamrin), Monday, 5 April 2004 19:27 (10 years ago) Permalink

Maroon 5- How You Remind Me.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 08:35 (10 years ago) Permalink

Followed by: Maroon 5 - Outdoor Miner.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 09:50 (10 years ago) Permalink

Maroon 5 "Can't be Funky"

christhamrin (christhamrin), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 13:32 (10 years ago) Permalink

Some girl trio in the Atomic Kitten vein: "The Orchids" by Psychic TV, followed up by Strawberry Switchblade's "10 James Orr Street".

Dammit, given away my plans for world domination now.

OleM (OleM), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 14:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

"Echos Myron"!

Simon H., Tuesday, 6 April 2004 14:16 (10 years ago) Permalink

I was debating that or "I am a Scientist"

This thread reminds me of my idea to start a pre-fab indie group that would do half covers. Like the band sof yesteryear would do. I AM THIS GENERATIONS MALCOM MCLAREN.

christhamrin (christhamrin), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 14:20 (10 years ago) Permalink

Linkin Park - "Bela Lugosi's Dead"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 6 April 2004 14:27 (10 years ago) Permalink

Fountains of Wayne - "Calling All Girls"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 6 April 2004 14:28 (10 years ago) Permalink

I'd be very happy if either Busted or McFly decided that the thing to do would be to cover both sides of the "The Sun Shines Here" / "I'll Be Your Surprise" 7" by Hurrah!

#1 guaranteed. I guarantee it. And I can, you know.

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 14:35 (10 years ago) Permalink

sum41 - "stand and deliver"

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 18:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

(or "save the gorillas" take yr pick)

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 18:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

jc chasez - "if i was your girlfriend"

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 18:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

TLC did beat him to it, although I guess that it has been a good 10 years now. hmmm... I'd like to hear it. Or he could maybe do "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man".

Broheems (diamond), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 19:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

I think the only thing that could endear JC Chasez to me is if he covered "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa"

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 20:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Oh this is fucking ridiculous. It's a rule that EVERY hip MTV-ready indie breakout must do "outdoor miner" by Wire. D-U-FUCKING-H!

donut bitch (donut), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 20:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...
"Dazzle" by Siouxsie for Gwen Stefani's next album.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 25 March 2005 13:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

wait, i changed my mind. dfa-produced cover of kick in the eye by bauhaus for gwen.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 25 March 2005 14:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Peekaboo" for Gwen.

And somebody's gotta do the Violent Femmes' "Add It Up."

Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Friday, 25 March 2005 14:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

As I don't still don't know how they didn't dominate the charts worldwide (even despite Patrick Fitzgerald being openly homosexual), someone could easily hit #1 with one of their songs...from "Come on Now" (some modern-rock band like Puddle of Mudd could cover it, not that I'd want to hear the abomination) to "The 1001st Fault" (which would be so great for an emo group).

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Friday, 25 March 2005 14:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

^"their" being Kitchens of Distinction, of course

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Friday, 25 March 2005 14:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

Well, maybe not #1, but could definitely go Top 40.

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Friday, 25 March 2005 14:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

Some R&B queen should do a cover of ESG's "Moody", too.

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Friday, 25 March 2005 14:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

Franz Ferdinand's cover of ABC's "Poison Arrow" was #1 for 16 weeks in the fall/winter of 2005.

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

I think Britney's got the right voice to handle Bad Brain's - i Against i -
(Dust Brothers Produce) and intorducing these kids to some real punk.

Bobby Peru (Bobby Peru), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:05 (9 years ago) Permalink

I also would love to hear Linkin Park's version of "Karma Chameleon."

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

"RED GOLD AND GREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!"

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

I would love to hear Omarion mulch "Father Figure".

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

Or Limp Bizkit! Or Breaking Benjamin! Or whomever!

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

Mogwai, "Music Box Dancer"

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:13 (9 years ago) Permalink

DFA1979, "Rhythm Is a Dancer"

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

Chromeo, "Rhythm Is Gonna Getcha" (the MSM song!)

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:16 (9 years ago) Permalink

Ludacris w/ Sum 41, "The Super Bowl Shuffle"

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

Ooh, that would be good.

x-post

Leon Bluth (Ex Leon), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

I still can't figure out when Gwen Stefani hasn't covered "Walking in L.A."

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

Why, rather.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

you were right the first time Ott

The Obligatory Sourpuss (Begs2Differ), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

Kites Are Fun!

Maria D. (Maria D.), Friday, 25 March 2005 15:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

There's a great, broken, Motels song called "Counting" that I'd love to hear someone revamp.

Lyra Jane (Lyra Jane), Friday, 25 March 2005 16:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

Touché.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Friday, 25 March 2005 16:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

* Mandy Moore, The Raincoats' "No One's Little Girl."
* Any almost-played-out mall-punk band, TVPs' "Part Time Punks."
* Fiona Apple, Throwing Muses' "Hate My Way."

mike a, Friday, 25 March 2005 18:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

Now that's genius.

What we want? Sex with T.V. stars! What you want? Ian Riese-Moraine! (Eastern Ma, Friday, 25 March 2005 19:02 (9 years ago) Permalink

"No One's Little Girl" is ripe for a smooth R&B retranslation - I can fully get on board with that.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Friday, 25 March 2005 19:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oh. My. God. I was just about to say Fountains Of Wayne "Calling All Girls" but someone beat me to it, last year. It really is kind of obvious, and I have no idea what's stopping them.

dlp9001, Friday, 25 March 2005 20:59 (9 years ago) Permalink

Must say that "Hounds of Love" wouldn't be my first choice.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 25 March 2005 21:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

Imogene Heap - "The Tide is High"

jdw (jdw), Friday, 25 March 2005 21:37 (9 years ago) Permalink

7 years pass...

Rihanna - Love's Secret Domain

Mule, Friday, 11 May 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Spazz" by the Elastik Band

Poliopolice, Friday, 11 May 2012 21:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

sick thread

billstevejim, Friday, 11 May 2012 21:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've never seen this thread before. Some wicked suggestions.

Moka, Friday, 11 May 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

M83 - "Driver's Seat"

Vini Reilly Invasion (Elvis Telecom), Saturday, 12 May 2012 00:39 (2 years ago) Permalink


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