Doing a good cover version is easy – repeating the same chords that someone else has already penned is something that any competent musician could do with ease. But the best are those that reimagine the song in terms completely outside the spectrum of the original, like Grizzly Bear’s haunting take of ‘It felt like a kiss’. Blink 182 are as far away from 60’s pop song about love through domestic violence as you could imagine, but Colleen Green has managed to work similar magic with their song ‘M+Ms’ as the Veckatimest quartet did with The Crystals work.
Whilst the Phil Spector sound has aged well, Blink 182 were never really blessed with a sound that you would call seminal. And though there will be many thousands who claim to have had a totally awesome time, there will be few there to have heard the fuzzed up, lo-fi brilliance of Green’s interpretation. The rest of the tracks available on myspace may not have the pop factor that M+Ms has, but that’s probably due to the fact that they weren’t dreamt up in a major label’s marketing department. There are other covers – a take on nobunny’s reaps a predictably glorious yield, as does a unique spin on The Ramones with ‘I wanna be degraded’.
If you’re searching for distorted power pop, it looks as though the West Coast of the US, as ever, the place to be. Whilst Bethany Consentino plays at being the darling of the music press with her debut album as Best Coast (following on from her brilliant former life as part of Pocahaunted), Colleen has been putting together a tape for Suffering Jukebox, probably using similar quantities of narcotics in the process. Milo goes to Compton is available now, and it’s slender run of 50 copies should’ve sold out long in advance of it’s release. It’s not difficult to fall in love with the swooning rhythms and handclaps of Green’s hazy work, which means you’d be well advised to get your copy sorted out sooner rather than later.
Colleen Green – M+Ms [download from neu]