July 10, 2012

The Rolling Stones :: Covered

I was never a Beatles guy. Sure, they were alright, but for me the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all-time has always and will always be The Rolling Stones. I inherited copies of Out of Our Heads and December's Children from my folks at an early age, and—though most fans consider the Stones' golden era to be that late 60's and early 70's streak leading up to Exile On Main Street—I've always had a soft spot for those early records: the bluesy stomping Chuck Berry numbers "Talkin Bout You" and "Carol," Jagger's sultry burning-hot rendition of Solomon Burke's "Cry To Me," and originals like "I Am Waiting," "Tell Me," "Play With Fire," and "Blue Turns To Grey," that in terms of pure pop and melodic quality, the band really never surpassed. Now, in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary, BBC 6 Music has been organizing a series of covers by the band's contemporaries. To date, First Aid Kit have stretched out "Play With Fire" into a slow warning hush and The Walkmen have dusted off the early great ballad "Blue Turns To Grey" with their signature class. After the jump, check out those two covers, along with some of our own past favorites by Kurt Vile, The Ramones, The Black Lips, and more.

The Walkmen - "Blue Turns To Grey"

First Aid Kit - "Play With Fire"

Black Bananas & Kurt Vile - "Before They Make Me Run"

Deer Tick - "Dead Flowers" 
Black Lips - "What To Do"
The Ramones - "Out Of Time"
Flying Burrito Bros - "Wild Horses"

The Rolling Stones

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