Friday, March 27, 2009

Covers: The Tough Alliance


One of the things I've noticed while surfing online music publications and music related blogs is that there is a shit load of MP3 covers out there. Some of them are good, but most of them are actually really bad, or in some extreme cases, just little hipster kids being annoying. With that being said, I've decided to start a little reoccurring column on ahhh, fuck it, that will essentially sift through all of the covers out there and report on only the good ones. The column will henceforth be referred to as 'Covers:'. I know right, pretty original name. If this column would have started a few months ago, the first entry would have undoubtably been the Vivian Girls' cover of the Beach Boys' classic "Surfs Up". But, it's not a few months ago, so the inaugural song will be the newly released cover of the Zombies' "Hung Up On A Dream" by The Tough Alliance.

It's been a minute now since we've heard from The Tough Alliance. They've probably been busy releasing some essential Sweedish music on their label, but just last week this track surfaced on the interweb.  I'm not sure what this means for the band; if a new LP is eminent or if this is just a one off track. Either way, the cover is definitely a keeper.  Covers usually emerge in two different forms: as a completely faithful rendition of the song or as a reworked vision by the covering band. This cover falls into the latter category with The Tough Alliance applying their own brand of pop electronic sound to the track, yet the bare bones of what made this song a classic to begin with remain, and we are left with a nice re-imagining of the track.

This cover is in no way groundbreaking or mind blowing, yet it also isn't, in any way, cringe inducing. This cover should make it's way onto anyone's spring mix (assuming people are still making spring mixes), and it helps shine the light on a band that seems to get lost in the mix when people are having discussions about great 60s pop acts (assuming people still have these types of discussions).

Anyways, click here to listen to the track.

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