We’re barely into the new year and already I want to hide under the covers. Fortunately, the covers I’m talking about are World Music cover songs. So for this week’s World Music Show (1/12) we’ll get the opportunity to do just that. And, added to this theme, I’ll mix in some specific tunes that reference the 80s (as in the 1980s). It’ll be a beautiful mash-up.
I’ll kick off the show with a great cover of the 1980s song “Pretty in Pink” originally done by The Psychedelic Furs but done here by our friend Ceci Bastida. I say “our friend” because I was lucky enough to interview her a few years ago, so I’m holding onto that brief connection. Mixed into this first hour will be another cover featuring Bastida. Besides being a great solo musician who pushes the boundaries of Latin music, she’s also one of the musicians in the Morrissey (from the Smiths) Mexican cover band Mexrrissey. And keeping with the Latin vibe, we’ll hear a nice cover of the Creedence Clearwater song “Up Around the Bend” done by the Columbian band Diamente Electrico.
Off a really great and packed CD full of covers put out on the Putumayo label, I’ll feature three songs. One by the band Tukuleur, who do the BEST cover of the Toto song “Africa.” Yes, that’s right, I’m slamming you Weezer. You may have heard their awful, but spot-on version of the song playing all over the radio recently. I’m sorry, but Weezer used to be a fuzzy guitar driven band. So when I heard they did a cover of this song, I thought they’d make a triumphant addition to covers. But, meh!
Also off that Putumayo CD will be covers from Angelique Kidjo doing the Jimi Hendrix song “Voodoo Child,” and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who along with Des’ree, cover the Bill Withers song “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
For the 80s nod, we’ll hear songs from Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger covering the Smokey Robinson song “(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back,” which isn’t an “80s” song but it did come out in that decade. Then we’ll hear songs from Western bands from the 80s who dove into the World Music pool or maybe stuck their big musical toe into the pond. These are bands such as The Police and The Specials, who also partner with Fun Boy Three on a cover of the Go-Go’s “Our Lips are Sealed.”
Not to be missed will be a live version of “Conscious Party” from Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers when they played the Hollywood Palladium (a show I went to!) and a cover of Echo and the Bunnyman’s epic song “Lips like Sugar.” (And look at that, two songs with “lips”). Oh, before I forget, our friend Monica da Silva of Complicated Animals will also do her cover of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.”
And also not to be missed will be the song “The Immigrants” done by the pairing of Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks. It’s a cover. It was released last July as a way to give perspective on the Immigrant situation happening now.
It’ll be a good show especially if you enjoy cover songs and the 80s. But if you don’t, you’ll still hopefully enjoy it too. The World Music Show airs Saturdays from 8-10pm on WCVE Music. 93.1FM and 107.3FM or via stream on this website. Follow me on Twitter @wcveworldmusic or on Facebook at The World Music Show on WCVE.