Mupid

This is a portmaneau for “music, stupid.”

 

Marilyn Jackson/Michael Monroe

This is my 2nd contribution to a CD exchange group (the first was many years ago and may be lost to history).  My inspiration for this disc is The Bird and the Bee’s Interpreting the Masters, Vol. I which is the highlight of this mix, imo.  From that I spun onto the idea of making a mix of songs that were better than the originals; not objectively better per se, but better in terms of contemporary music/top 40 and my personal musical tastes right now.  While Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” stands as a seminal piece of rock, I’ve heard it so many times that I just can’t really hear it anymore without effort.  Consequently, I’d rather listen to Scissor Sisters’ version right now.  Conversely, while the Cowboy Junkies’ track is a great interpretation, it’ll never surpass the Beatles’ original.  Overall, however, these are the versions I would rather listen to right now.

Early on in the project I thought it would be prudent to include the original work, so the listener can form their own opinions on which they prefer right now.  While I included the original artists’ work, I don’t feel that that album stands on it’s own.  The covers CD is the purpose of this contribution; the rest is novelty.

I split the album into two parts, “Side A,” “Side B.”  The tracks formed themselves into a natural separation of electronic/up-tempo vs. acoustic/down-tempo.  This is obviously not a strict separation; it’s more about the feels.  All tracks were ripped from original sources as FLAC (lossless) files and converted directly to CD, allowing for original source quality: no compression was used to make these CDs (with the exception of Electrelane’s “I’m On Fire,” which was sourced from an MP3).  Each CD was burned at a slow (4x) speed to ensure accuracy.  (The skipping that can be heard at the beginning of Feist’s “Inside and Out” exists in the original release.)

There are a few tracks that didn’t make the cut, because I truly desired the album to stand as a piece that could be listened to in its entirety.  As a result, brevity and continuity matter.  Unfortunately omitted is the Smiths’ version of Cilla Black’s “Work is a Four Letter Word.”  While the song itself is mediocre for the Smiths (although I firmly believe it’s head-and-shoulders better than the original), it’s noteworthy for the fact that it’s the song that broke up the Smiths.  I also wanted to include Prince’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” but it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the tracks, despite the fact that it’s a gorgeous cover.

As for packaging: I endeavored to put together a package that both makes fun of and honors cover songs.  The jacket sports Andy Warhol’s iconic image of Marilyn Monroe, but her face is replaced with Michael Jackson’s latter years’ plastic surgery visage.  The image cast on each CD is Sandro Miller’s remake of a famous photograph, using John Malkovich as the subject, while the original artists’ CD bears the original photo.  Sandro Miller’s work can be found here.   The typeface on the tracklist is Veteran Typewriter.  Just ahead of mailing out my first copy, I noticed that Feist was listed as “Feisty” – serves her right.  This typo was fixed for the second run.

If you would like a copy of this album, I might be cajoled into making and sending you one (especially if there’s trade or cash involved).  Pro’ly, you would rather just listen to the songs on your own.  Here’s the track listing:

Side A

 

Scissor Sisters ……….…………..… Comfortably Numb ……………………….… Pink Floyd

Feist .……………………. Inside And Out (Love You Inside Out) ……… …..…..… Bee Gees

Kate Bush …..………………..…..…..… Sexual Healing ……….…………………… Marvin Gaye

The Bird and The Bee …………….……. Sara Smile ..……..……..…………..…… Hall & Oates

Sia ……………………………….…………. Oh Father …………….……..…..………..… Madonna

The Sea and Cake ……. ………..… Sound and Vision …….  ….…………….… David Bowie

The Smiths …………….……..……… Golden Lights ……….………………………..….. Twinkle

 

Side B

 

Ryan Adams ……………..…………….… Shake It Off ………….……………… Taylor Swift

Low …………….… Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me …..…… The Smiths

M. Ward ………………………….… Lets Dance ……………….………….… David Bowie

Tori Amos……………………………. Rattlesnakes………….. Lloyd Cole & the Commotions

Cowboy Junkies …………..….… Run For Your Life ………….…..…….… The Beatles

Electrelane …………………..……….. Im On Fire ………….….….……. Bruce Springsteen

New Order ……..…..……….….….… Ceremony ……….….…………….… Joy Division

 

Here are the rest of the songs I considered, but didn’t use:

 

Talking Heads………………Take Me to the River…………………….. Al Green

The Smiths……………………Work is a Four Letter Word………………Cilla Black

Prince……………………………..A Case of You……………………….Joni Mitchell

Death By Chocolate………If You Want to Sing Out……………………….Cat Stevens

Fiest……………………………..Tout Doucement………………..Blossom Dearie

Low……………………………………Nowhere Man…………………………..The Beatles

Saint Etienne…………..Only Love Can Break Your Heart…………Neil Young

 

This Beatles covers album has some real gems, imo.

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edit 8/15:

here i am, not shutting up.

My first run netted 6 copies, and there are 7 people in our CD exchange group.  So, perfect, right?  Nope, I’m a dope.  I gave two copies away to friends and had to make another run to fulfill my obligation to the group.  In the meantime, I word-vomited into the group chat and made an ass of myself.  Not uncommon, I know.  Anyhow, I had to make a second run, and this time I made 4 copies.  I fixed my typo (“Feist” not “Feisty”), and I made better use of my CD printer.  So, all-in-all, the second run went better, and I’ve already mailed my first copies.

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