Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Tortoise - Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

I'm not really a big fan of classic rock, but fuck me I love a good cover of classic rock. What I like best is that this song makes me completely forget what the original Springsteen song sounded like. I had to pull out my dad's old vinyl of Born to Run to think of how the original sounded. If anything, listening to the original only furthers my appreciation of this version. Together both bands are able to completely shatter whatever you heard in the original. Will Oldham has a deep love for reinventing other peoples' songs and completely revamps this tune, slowing it down, loudening it up, less rock and roll, less optimistic. In other words, it becomes a Bonnie 'Prince' Billy song. You can hear all your favourite songs shattered on The Brave and the Bold released back in January, which is made up entirely of covers.

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