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Holy Triumvirate: Three ‘Mats songs and the women who should cover them

By 21.Nov.0810 Comments

Since posting that “Answering Machine” cover on Tuesday, I’ve been thinking of ‘Mats songs that I wish women would cover. Okay, that’s kind of a lie. I’ve been thinking about it since I typed that title up there. So here is my holy three wishlist:

  1. Liz Phair, If Only You Were Lonely
  2. Lucinda Williams, Here Comes a Regular
  3. The Donnas, Bastards of Young

I could probably go on and on, and I’m already thinking about a solo Triumvirate cover edition which would totally include Regina Spektor. Which women do you think should cover the ‘Mats?


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  • Some Guy says:

    Sinead O’Connor – Within Your Reach
    Sleater Kinney – Left of the Dial
    Melissa Etheridge – Unsatisfied

    I really wanted to get Aretha Franklin on the list but I’m having a hard time picking the right tune.

  • Jodi says:

    The pairing of Sinead O’Connor with Within Your Reach is sheer, fucking brilliance. Wow, I really want to hear that.

  • the bub says:

    Karen O – Rattlesnake
    Jessica Lea Mayfield – I Wil Dare
    Yo La Tengo (Georgia Hubley) – Color Mr Impressed

  • sam says:

    jenny lewis – androgynous
    emmylou harris – achin to be
    brody armstrong of the distillers – kids dont follow

  • Doug says:

    The first two I am on board with, but for the love of all that is good and decent keep the Donnas away from Bastards of Young.

    (A few years ago there was a band whose name escapes me–or I’ve repressed–who was opening for Old 97’s and they closed their set with a watered-down version of Bastards. I spent the entire song flipping them off. It was juvenile but I can look you in the eye and tell you it was not unsatisfying.)

  • om says:

    Kim & Kelley Deal – Swinging Party
    Chan Marshall – Nightclub Jitters
    Thalia Zedek – Unsatisfied

  • theLizzard says:

    I think it would be cool if Ani DiFranco covered a ‘Mats song. I’ve got nothing particular in mind, I’d just like to hear what she could do with with it.

  • ElekTrond says:

    Yma Sumac – Bastards of Young

  • Will says:

    Kate Bush covering “The Ledge”

    “A boy I knew once years ago is tryin’ to be reached on the phone”
    “I’m the girl they couldn’t ignore for the first time in my life I’m sure”

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