"Dinosaur Jr’s version of Hot Burrito # 2 was better than Gram’s though. No other opinions accepted."
this is totally not true. j’s version is not bad, but its definitely not better. for one thing, j changes the lyrics, and its not for the better:
fbb: ‘you better love me/jesus christ’
dj: ‘you better love me/it’s not tonight’
j doesnt maintain the emotion that is in gram’s voice when he sings ‘jesus christ’. thats one of the best moments of the song, and to change it just doenst make sense.
as for other songs:
yo la tengo is the best cover band ever. you can say this without insult, though, because their original material is great as well. ‘fakebook’ is a brilliant album and its mostly all covers.
darcy clay — ‘jolene’. beats the hell out of the white stripes cover of that song.
dump — ‘everlasting love’. maybe this could fall under the ‘yo la tengo is the best cover band ever’ statement.
scud mountain boys — ‘please, mr., please’. beats the hell out of olivia newton john.
the move — ‘the last thing on my mind’. its not better than the tom paxton folk original, but this version rocks, lasts like seven minutes, and is just fucking awesome.