I love a good cover. I love a good cover often more than the original song. I think revisionist perspectives on existing art, when done smartly and with reverence, are brilliant. And today, I received a kind of gift from the universe.
Today marks the drop date for New Found Glory’s new album of covers, From the Screen to your Stereo, the follow up release to a similarly-titled EP. The covers here are all notable hits from movies and TV shows, like Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me,” the Cardigans’ “Lovefool,” Madonna’s “Crazy for You” (name that film!), even an instrumental version of the theme song from Amélie (that’s balls for you). Since I like my music and my boys a little punky (punk lite, really—naughty-looking but nice enough for mom to approve), New Found Glory’s takes on these songs is perfect for driving to work, dancing around the house while I clean, etc.
Highlights include Lisa Loeb’s surprise duet appearance on “Stay I Missed You” (Reality Bites), the mostly-straightforward cover of Tears For Fears’ “Head Over Heels” (Donnie Darko), the fun retake on When In Rome’s “The Promise” (Napoleon Dynamite), and the now-snarling “Hungry Eyes” (Dirty Dancing).