Take Cover! The Polyphonic Spree Vs. Nirvana

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: The Polyphonic Spree takes on Nirvana’s “Lithium.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

Tim DeLaughter and his cult share the Kool-Aid and cast some sunshine on “Lithium,” Kurt Cobain’s dark ode to finding religion as a last resort. This version was released on the Spree’s 2006 Wait EP. When Nirvana cut the original, Cobain blew out his voice. The Spree probably blew some minds.

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Take Cover! Richard Thompson Vs. Britney Spears

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: Richard Thompson takes on Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

The former Fairport Convention member and godfather of folk rock gives this performance with such a straight face, you question if his tongue is in his cheek or not. The jazz hands at the end might give him away.

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Take Cover! Elliott Smith Vs. Cat Stevens

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: Elliott Smith takes on Cat Stevens’ “Trouble.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

Cat Stevens’ original was part of the soundtrack for 1971 seminal black comedy Harold And Maude. Elliott Smith recorded his version for 2005 film Thumbsucker shortly before his death. Director Mike Mills said, “I saw him five days before, and he’d just finished the cover. It’s one of the last things he must’ve done.” It will break your heart.

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Take Cover! Guided By Voices Vs. A German Choir

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: A German choir takes on Guided By Voices’ “Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

Amid selections from the soundtracks of Footloose, Mamma Mia! and The Lion King, a school choir from Eschwege, Germany, breaks into a majestic rendition of Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand classic “Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory.” The unexpected song choice must have left the audience wondering if the director smelled faintly of Miller Lite and cigarettes.

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Take Cover! Crystal Antlers Vs. Bob Dylan

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: Crystal Antlers take on Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

Crystal Antlers build walls behind the Bob Dylan classic, then hammer it into place. The original version is full of the wry, smug detachment that became Dylan’s trademark, but Jonny Bell sings it like he actually feels it. It’s over.

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