In anticipation of SPIN Magazine & Myspace Music's Germs of Perfection: A Tribute to Bad Religion, I've embedded "Suffer" as covered by Canada's twin darlings, Tegan and Sara. Germs of Perfection: ATtBR features different tracks spanning Bad Religion's girthy career, with each of those songs covered by a different artist. This album is released, for free, on Oct. 19th
Tegan and Sara chose a very respected song to cover. This gem of audio doesn't clock in more than a few moments, and "Suffer" is perfect in every way. Not only is the topical substance of "Suffer's" lyrics very relevant today, but the tempo, the rhythm, the drum fills, and especially the guitars, catapult the listener 80 MPH off their ass and into an awareness of Dr. Greg Graffin & Brett Gurewtiz's great sense of urgency.
Suffer is unquestionably one of my top 25 favorite albums of all time. The other 24 are fodder for another post, in the not too distant future. Check Tegan and Sara's cover out right here:
While really looking forward to hearing this specific track, I was underwhelmed by Tegan and Sara's rendition. This track has Tegan and Sara written all over its sound, and really, that's great. "Suffer" is totally reworked and sounds very original, almost as one of their own. But what makes this track so unique, so fierce, is that it came from Bad Religion during their prime, and their version has teeth, very sharp ones at that. Tegan and Sara have made this into a lullaby. I know Tegan and Sara can compose a killer, fast song. I love rocking out to their song "North Shore."
Compare right below to get a listen for yourself:
These songs are great, and were practically irresistible to the notion of turning them off once they were playing. A short list, not a ranking of any sort, but packed full of great tunes; check em' out!
Ninjasonik - Somebody Gona Get Pregnant (it's currently my ringtone)
Dead to Me - Little Brother
Dawn Penn - You Don't Love Me
Ratatat - Lex
Bad Religion - Won't Somebody (live) (will be reviewing their new album The Dissent of Man)
Japanther - Radical Businessman (f. Spank Rock)
Against Me! - Mediocrity Gets You Pears (The Shaker)
Jawbox - Savory
Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon (The Anthem)
Spank Rock - Loose
Bad Brains - Leaving Babylon
Land of Talk - It's Okay
Pixies - Gigantic
American Steel - Emergency House Party
The Death Set - Distressed
Riverboat Gamblers - Dissdissdisskisskisskiss
The Ziggens - Tim the Dinosaur
Death From Above 1979 - Dead Womb
The B Foundation - Daze of Dread (good luck trying to get a copy of this)
Kid Cudi, Bethany (Best Coast), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) - All Summer (THIS SONG IS FREE VIACONVERSE)
So, maybe it wasn't the shortest list ever made, but all of these songs are so worth checking out. Really, if you don't know many of these tunes, you don't have any excuse to say you're not curious: You're at the end of the list, and most likely read all the way here. If you haven't read all the way to here, that's okay, but you DO have plenty of ways to check out these songs.
Some prime examples are your local record store, Emusic, Itunes, GrooveShark, Pandora, Youtube, and any other streaming music source. Of course, you always have torrents, Media Fire, and some blogs of which you can....acquire via means of possible substantial risk(RIAA, trojans, viruses, etc.)
As a nice treat, I've posted the video for Kid Cudi, Bethany (Best Coast), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) - All Summer The video is really creative, and though I have fallen behind with watching music videos in the last 5 years, nobody has shown me any video just like this one. Enjoy: