I was bummed that I had to miss both the Decemberists’ and New Pornographers’ shows last night. I did, however, find this video of the Decemberists covering the Fruit Bats’ song “When You Love Somebody” from a week or so ago.
What an incredible video. It’s beautiful and — somewhat surprisingly — completely serious. When “Why We Fight” popped up as a Decemberists song, I was a bit confused: weren’t they the group who had written a few good anti-war songs not too long ago? There are, of course, some things worth fighting for, as the kids in this video now know.
So it turns out that I really enjoy putting together these covers archives. It gives me a chance to rediscover the depth of influences of some of my favorite bands and — in cases like this — rediscover how great the band is.
I used to be a HUGE Decemberists junkie. I’m still a fan, but about five years ago they would easily have ranked in my top five favorite groups still making music. I’ve dropped slightly on the fandom radar, but have always kept up with the group. So for that reason I knew they had to be next on my list to assemble a collection of their covers. They’ve been performing for years and have always delighted fans with a wide range of covers. I mean really, it’s everything from Kate Bush to the Modern Lovers over here…
For starters, we’ve got Colin’s three covers EPs, songs by Morrissey, Shirley Collins and Sam Cooke, then a complete list of all the Decemberists covers I could find.
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