Yo La Tengo Covers on WFMU

*Updated With Set 4*

Last night Yo La Tengo played their yearly set of by-request covers live on WFMU to aid in their fundraiser. While I was a lukewarm fan of WFMU prior to last night, I’m now a big fan. The same’s true with YLT, actually. I only have I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. But after hearing their covers, I’m in love.

The concept is simple enough: if you called in with a donation of $100 or more, you got to request a cover for Yo La Tengo to play on-air. They ranged from the weird and obscure (the Batman theme) to the classic and beautiful (John Lennon’s “Instant Karma”).

I’m posting these because they were free to listen to online. But like the annoying announcers (who I have edited out), I’m going to strongly suggest that you make a donation to WFMU.

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Because there are a lot of songs covered, I’m going to have to rip them throughout the course of the day. Check back for updates.

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 1)
MP3: The Batman Theme
MP3: The Grateful Dead – Bertha
MP3: The Fall – City Hobgoblins
MP3: Rolling Stones- Under Assistant West Coast Promo Man

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 2)
MP3: John Lennon – Instant Karma
MP3: Captain Beefheart – Zig Zag Wanderer
MP3: Thunderclap Newman – Something in the Air
MP3: Sonny Bono – Laugh at Me

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 3)
MP3: unknown instrumental
MP3: Bay City Rollers – Rock and Roll Love Letter
MP3: Records – Starry Eyes
MP3: The Byrds – You Dont Miss Your Water
MP3: Bob Dylan – Girl of the North Country

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 4)
MP3: The Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers
MP3: The Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
MP3: Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay
MP3: Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device
MP3: The Ramones – I Can’t Make It on Time

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 5)
Devo – Gut Feeling
Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Neil Young – Dont Cry No Tears
The Clash – I Fought the Law
Elvis Costello – What’s So Funny ’bout Peace Love and Understanding

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 6)
Happy Birthday
Bad Brains – Pay to C*m
Steely Dan – Do It Again
The Zombies – You Make Me Feel So Good
Pere Ubu – Heart of Darkness

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 7)
The Replacements – Alex Chilton
John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack and Diane
Beach Boys – California Girls
T. Valentine – Hello Lucille, Are You a Lesbian?
Roxy Music – Re-Make/Re-Model

Yo La Tengo – Covers By Request on WFMU (Set 8 )
The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
Superchunk – Slack Motherf***er
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London/Lou Reed – Caroline Says II/Talking Heads – Take Me to the River/David Bowie – Life on Mars/Madonna – Like a Virgin/Hall & Oates – Kiss on My List/ Robyn Hitchcock – Brendas Iron Sledge/Rolling Stones – Sympathy For the Devil/Billy Joel – Uptown Girl/ Kinks – Get Back in Line

13 thoughts on “Yo La Tengo Covers on WFMU”

  1. This is fantastic. :)

    Can’t wait for the rest.


    PS. not that it really matters, but both the Beefheart track and the Thunderclap Newman track are numbered “6”.

  2. I’m excited about hearing the rest of these, so thanks. Track 8 is Laugh at Me by Sonny Bono.

  3. “annoying announcers”? how dare you. that’s tom scharpling, comedy legend. you’re on my s-hit list now.

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  5. the “unknown instrumental” is Egyptian reggae by Jonathan Richman and the modern lovers.. Cheers for the songs.. great stuff

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