It's been one of those wonderfully lazy Sundays, and while I was finishing up a crochet project I turned Pandora to the 80's New Wave station. Ed was outside, doing something with tiny power tools and a metric fuck ton of video game cases. New Wave has always been one of my little secret passions, ever since I was 12 years old and obsessively watching VH1. The music was so good, so revolutionary and extremely catchy. I suppose that's why so many bands decided to cover New Wave songs. So, without further ado...
My Top Five New Wave Covers
1. New Order, Blue Monday covered by Orgy
2. Nena, 99 Luft Ballons covered by Goldfinger
3. Depeche Mode, Personal Jesus covered by Marilyn Manson
4. A-Ha, Take On Me covered by Reel Big Fish
5. Joy Division, Shadow Play covered by The Killers
So, the irony here is that four of these five were done by bands in the 90's. Also, in thinking about which covers I like the best I noticed that ska bands seemed to cover New Wave pretty often. This by no means is an expert list, just my own opinion.
Dexys Midnight Runners, Come On Eileen covered by Save Ferris
(God, I loved Monique Powell.)
The Smiths, Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want covered by She and Him