covers of songs you love that caught you off guard
meaning unobvious covers. i love neil young's "i've been waiting for you" but there are lots of songs that are more likely to be covered from his discography than that one. overall, i prefer later smoldering neil but this has a special place in the sentimental. it's a modest and simple neil y song compared to later stuff, so it was unlikely that someone in popular music would think to cover it cause it's not really neil sounding if you're looking at the big neil picture. that's what i thought at least. one time i watched that episode of late night with conan where they re-ran one episode but everything was redone in stop motion claymation and david bowie was the musical guest. now i haven't been interested in anything present day bowie has done, but the song he performed on conan was a cover of this early neil young sleeper. i was so stunned, like "wait, can it be?" you have no idea how much i love this song. this was my go to closing track during college years when i made mixtapes for troubled dudes i had a crushed hard on. "i've been looking for a woman to save my life..." i thought it was poignant perfection for a few severely flawed young & dumb romances. anyway, back to bowie on conan, it took a few chords and lines for me to completely register and once it did, i yelled out to my roommate so loud "OH MY GOD AMANDA GET IN HERE!" cause i had to tell someone how weird this was and who knew better how much i jocked that song and how i used it than someone i lived with. i'm pretty sure i put it on a mix for her too. but beyond that weirdness, it was a claymation bowie singing one of my favorite neil songs nonetheless- i was in heaven. claymation bowie performing one of my favorite understated neil songs on conan... this was my kinda thing.i also bugged out when i bought a pixies velouria single at the kusf recordshow many years ago and the b-side track was kim deal singing this song. neil'spixies versionhave you've ever been surprised by hearing unexpected cover of a song you love? and/or what sleeper song would you freak out/love if you heard it covered?