Artist: Pavement (covering Echo & The Bunnymen)
Song: "The Killing Moon"
Album: Brighten The Corners (Nicene Creedence Edition) (orig. Ocean Rain)
Label: Matador (orig. Korova)
Released: December 9, 2008 (orig. May 8, 1984)
I like this song. If you've seen Donnie Darko, the film, you undoubtedly like it, too. I was only reminded of this song when it came up as an answer during the "name that tune" section of pub quiz earlier tonight at the Brillobox. I spotted the Echo & The Bunnymen version on the first chord or two, and it immediately reminded me of the Pavement version, for whatever reason. It's not like there are other songs that instantly bring to mind other cover versions, so it was interstingly striking that this one stood out without a second thought.
Anyway, here's the original song:
and here's the cover version:
It's pretty faithful, but it definitely plays the Stephen Malkmus hipster-irony card in a vague sense, somewhat muffling the emo/ghost-story haunting vibe of the original but maintaining the enigmatic intrigue. Yeah, you know what I mean, motherfucker.