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Prince Covered By Incubus, Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, Darius Rucker, Jordan Knight

MIKE'S DAILY JUKEBOX: Prince Covered By Incubus, Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, Darius Rucker, Jordan Knight

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Prince Covered By Incubus, Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, Darius Rucker, Jordan Knight

DAILY TRIVIA QUESTION:   What unique recording trick did Prince use on his Lovesexy CD?   Yesterday's Answer: Green Bay Packer's Aaron Rodgers

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing we call life".   Couldn't believe Incubus tackled this iconic Prince jam but there they were performing the cover on Jimmy Fallon's show. Along with the The Roots, Brandon Boyd and the band tore into the Purple Rain classic for a raucous rock fest.  The studio version of this song will be released on Monuments & Melodies, the upcoming Incubus' 2CD Greatest Hits and Xtras.  

From Alicia's debut CD, Songs In A Minor, comes her interpretation of the Prince piano ballad.   Talk about a life changing moment, Alicia was offered a contract with Columbia Records and accepted to Ivy League's Columbia University at the same time.  This song really showcases Alicia's classical piano training,  her incredible variety in her voice, and hints at her sexy, flirty side.   A faster remix with the Neptunes and Justin Timberlake was also released but this piano with vocal version is my favorite.

Prince has gone public and said they should outlaw cover songs.  He said, "There's this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through record companies to take your music at will without your permission.  That doesn't exist in ANY other art form....there's only version of Law & Order but many versions of Kiss and Purple Rain."  Prince especially dislikes the Foo Fighters cover of Darling Nikki.  During his Super Bowl Halftime Show, he covered "Best Of You" by the FF as a kind of retaliation.  What do you think about cover songs?   Personally I think, if done well, they only make you love the song that much more!

New Kids On The Block's Jordan Knight covering Prince?  What?  Not only does he cover the song, he slows down the tempo, loses the killer guitar solo, but emphasizes the sensual lyrics.  It's probably the best solo song Jordan's ever done.  "I asked her if she wanted to dance and she said that all she wanted was a good man and wanted to know if I thought I was qualified" :)

I like the guy on YouTube's comment, "Holy crap, I wanted to hate this but I can't".   Darius (aka Hootie) changes the mood of the Prince song by bringing out the soulfulness of the lyrics.  As the song progresses, Darius gets more inspired by the message and you can feel how much he loves singing this song.  Darius used this song as his closing number when he opened for Brad Paisley's H2O Tour.

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At 7/13/12, 8:16 AM , Blogger Melly5 said...

My favorite was "Darling Nikki"!! I loved all of these cover songs!! They rocked!! I have always enjoyed cover songs if it is done right. I didn't know Prince had felt that way about cover songs...oh well he can suck it!!lol BTW thanks for all the cover songs you've introduced me to the last couple years. ;)

At 7/13/12, 11:16 AM , Blogger Mike Pease said...

Prince should be happy people are covering his songs, it keeps him in the spotlight. You're so welcome!


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