Battle of the Covers: It's The End Of The World As We Know It (Request)

I'm feeling particularly fine today. Which means it's probably the end of the world as we know it. Or, as with the release date of some of these covers, it may be a false alarm*. Either way, we've got a cover suggestion from JRCB and we're going to fight.


After two straight blowouts we finally had a battle when we contested Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box", and what a battle it was! When I made my traditional prediction (which I make in the comments before every round, for those who didn't know), I predicted it would be a battle of the three female vocalists. Surprisingly only two of those vocalists came into play as Evanescence, arguably the best known of the three, was completely left behind as Lana Del Rey and Dead Sara spent the entire weekend trading votes. Every time I checked in on the battle they were within one vote of each other, and they spent most of Sunday evening tied. Finally Lana Del Rey managed to grab a single vote over Dead Sara just before the polls closed, giving her the win. No such conclusion was reached in the battle for worst, however, as the Yaron Herman Trio ended the contest tied with Little Roy. Oh well.

Unfortunately Wikipedia was unusually vague about the origins and details of this song, but I can provide a few interesting little factoids. The song's roots go back to a previously unreleased R.E.M. song titled "PSA," which remained unreleased until 2003. It also draws from Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." One of the interesting themes within the lyrics, which has a stream-of-consciousness flow to them, is a pattern of celebrities with the initials L.B. (Leonard Bernstein, Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs). This comes from a dream R.E.M. guitarist Michael Stripe had in which he found himself at a party with famous people who all shared those initials. I can only assume he felt insanely out of place at this party.

*Chris Carrabba's cover was released to coincide with the 2011 rapture. Bon Jovi released a live version that also came out for the rapture, and Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Matt Nathanson did a live collaboration for the rapture as well. Starpool and Peter Buffett released their covers on December 21, 2012, the Mayan Apocalypse.

Great Big Sea - (1998)

The Suicide Machines - (2001)

Riddlin Kids - (2002)

Chris Carrabba - (2011)

Starpool - (2012)

Peter Buffet - (2012)


LEST YE FORGET! If you want to check back on the results of previous rounds, or see what covers are coming in future rounds, there is a Google Drive spreadsheet with past rounds and the upcoming battle schedule.

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