“Turn My Way”
by New Order w/ Billy Corgan
from Get Ready 2001 Buy the album on Amazon
The final entry in #AprilDuets (though I certainly have more I could post) comes from New Order. This was a bit of a comeback album after they hadn’t released anything in 8 years, and though I never gave it enough of a proper listen, this song pretty immediately jumped out.
Ten by Pearl Jam
1991 Epic Records
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In my mind, a perfect album is one you can start playing at track one and go all the way to the end without wanting to hit skip. That’s no small feat in my book. Ever since random access became possible with CDs, I developed a serious case of music ADD. I’ll start a song I like, get to the chorus and want to skip ahead to hear another chorus. Back in the day of vinyl and cassette you pretty much had to let an album or at the very least a side play through to completion. For me, Ten is the prime example of a perfect album. You can set and forget it. Bonus points because it sounds even better cruising down the highway with the windows rolled down.
“Time After Time”
by Cyndi Lauper w/ Sarah McLachlan
from The Body Acoustic 2005 Buy the album on Amazon
Cyndi Lauper, or at least my appreciation of her, is in the fine wine/better with age category for me. I didn’t have MTV growing up, but this song is one of the songs I associate with the times I got to watch it at a relative’s, and it was always my favorite of her hits.
by Steve Perry
from the album Street Talk 1984 Buy the album on Amazon
This was inspired by Lance’s selection for the day, in that it also falls firmly in the category of “I randomly heard or thought of this song one day and remembered how awesome it is and holy crap I can totally hear myself singing this and I’m going to bust this out at karaoke next time!”
by The Outfield
from the album Play Deep
1985 Sony Buy the album on Amazon
I tried to sing this song a couple of times at karaoke and completely botched it. The song has such a high register, even for me. I had given up all hope until I heard a buddy sing it a couple of octaves lower. It took on a completely different vibe – almost sinister. I’m still trying to master it, but it’s so fun giving it a shot.
by Suzanna Choffel & Alejandro Escovedo
from the album All ATX (Volume 1) 2013 Buy the album on Amazon
I guess I’m not big on duets, or I just can’t remember any that stand out in an obvious way. I dig on harmonies, but does that count as duets (e.g. most Alice In Chains songs from the Dirt era)? However, this track has been making the rounds in my playlist lately. It’s a modern track (gasp!). Continue reading April Duets: “Hello Goodbye”→
“Judy Staring at the Sun”
by Catherine Wheel w/ Tanya Donelly
from Happy Days 1995 Buy the album on Amazon
Lance posted a Catherine Wheel song, and it made me realize that though we know much (far, far too much) about each other, there are still things to be learned. Like the fact that we’re both big Catherine Wheel fans, which has never once come up in conversation.
by Faith No More (originally by The Commodores)
from the “I’m Easy/Be Aggressive” double A-side
1992 Slash Records Buy the single on Amazon
Again, this one of those covers that I stumbled across before I had ever heard the original. Thus – in my mind – it’s the superior version. This track kind of fits into the karaoke theme as well… I’m constantly on the hunt for the Mike Patton-pitched version.
“Fade Into You”
by Dinosaur Jr (originally by Mazzy Star)
from a limited edition release 2013 More info here.
J Mascis helped design some limited edition shoes last year, which I knew about, but I somehow missed this cover that was included for people who ordered them. I discovered it last night while prepping for an upcoming duet post.
by Slayer & Ice-T
from Judgment Night 1993 Buy the album on Amazon
There were a couple of other more mellow duets I had been thinking of posting first for the next #AprilDuets entry, but I wanted to be kind to Lance and completely scrub Thom Yorke out of his head. If Slayer and Ice-T can’t do it, I don’t know what can.