The artists who most imaginatively covered The Dame understood the tumult in his quiet songs (Dinosaur Jr) and the ghostly disquiet of the faster ones (Warpaint; M. Ward; Nirvana, of course) My favorite today is British Electric Foundation and The Associates’ Billy Mackenzie, who turn “The Secret Life of Arabia” into a prolonged workout for kick drum, hand claps, slap bass, and a ghoulish vocal that repeat the original’s outro chant. That cover and Beck’s of “Sound and Vision” go the furthest on this list. Just don’t mention the Wallflowers’ “‘Heroes'” around me, thanks.
1. Billy Mackenzie/B.E.F-The Secret Life Of Arabia
2. Lulu – Watch That Man
3. Tegan and Sara – Rebel Rebel
4. Morrissey – Drive-In Saturday
5. Dinosaur Jr – Quicksand
6. Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
7. Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes
8. Chairlift – Always Crashing in the Same Car
9. Barbra Streisand – Life on Mars…?
10. Warpaint – Ashes to Ashes
11. The Dandy Warhols – The Jean Genie
12. Susannah Hoffs – Boys Keep Swinging
13. Beck – Sound and Vision
14. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold the World
15. M. Ward – Let’s Dance