Take Cover! Pavement Vs. Echo & The Bunnymen

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week Pavement takes on Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

Pavement is going back to those gold soundz. The band’s first reunion shows are slated to take place next spring in Australia, with additional shows at the U.K. All Tomorrow’s Parties festival (which the band is curating) and a four-night stint in New York City’s Central Park. In 1997, the band played a cover of the Echo & The Bunnymen classic “The Killing Moon” for a BBC Session, later releasing the track on the What’s Up Matador compilation, the Major Leagues EP and the reissue of Brighten The Corners. Switching out a minor chord for a major and laying some hipster slack down on the vocal line, Pavement removes some of the preciousness of the original and gets noisy at the end.

The Cover:

The Original:

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