When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: Beck takes on the Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!
Beck recently launched his website-only Record Club project: a collaborative effort to re-record entire albums in a single day without rehearsal. The first installment was, appropriately enough, the touchstone for alternative and indie music: the Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground & Nico. Employing the help of drummer Joey Waronker, producer Nigel Godrich and actor Giovanni Ribisi, among others, Beck and his crew deftly tackle the track-by-track tribute to the influential classic, considering the immediacy and lack of commercial value of the recordings. They’re having fun. Here the band runs through “Sunday Morning” and sonically splits the difference between Beck’s Mutations album and the original recording.