I’ve written about the allure cover songs had — still have, maybe — for college radio programmers. Much as there’s a fierce instinct for the new, new, new, there’s a reason most commercial radio stations default to a mere handful of songs that cycle eternally. The familiar stirs a powerful craving. Discovery is great, but we all want to sing along.
So as much as I’d like to champion one of the originals included on the Austin band Glass Eye’s Christine EP, which hit the student-run radio station during my first semester there, the reality is that I gravitated to the second song on the first side. Opening with the sound of the music being played in reverse — perfect for an era when the scourge of backmasked messages was still making alarmed headlines — the track delivered a raucous, romping cover of the Simon & Garfunkel hit “Cecilia.”
It’s not some bold reinvention or cheeky deconstruction, laced with irony. It’s just a damn good version of a damn good song.
Listen or download –> Glass Eye, “Cecilia”
(Disclaimer: I believe the Christine EP — and probably all of the Glass Eye catalog, actually — to be out of print, at least physically. Since you can’t go buy it at your favorite local, independently-owned record store in a manner that compensates both the proprietor of the store and the original artist, sharing it here seems like fair game. It certainly should be considered fair use, but that’s a whole other manifesto I’ll refrain from writing here and now. Regardless, I know the rules. I will gladly and promptly remove this file from my little corner of the digital world if asked to do so by any individual or entity with due authority to make such a request.)