I have a special fondness for good bands who take bad pop songs and make them awesome. I picked a few of my favourites, and let me tell you…it was only Gordon Lightfoot’s general awesomeness that kept me from putting The Dandy Warhols‘ version of “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” on here.
The Bird And The Bee . “Don’t Stop The Music” (Rihanna)
Cat Power . “Sweedeedee” (Michael Hurley. Who? Okay, I realize Michael Hurley isn’t a famous pop star, but that version of “Sweedeedee” is just so good I listen to it every chance I get.)
Elbow . “Independent Woman” (Destiny’s Child)
Flaming Lips . “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” (Kylie Minogue)
Frontline Assembly . “Justify My Love” (Madonna)
Johnny Cash . “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (Moby…kinda…I think Johnny wouldn’t have recorded this except that Moby had popularized the riff a few years back)
Lissie . “Bad Romance” (Lady Gaga)
Ted Leo . “Since U Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson) Please note: any partial awesomeness in the middle of the song is exempt from any “bad song” label.
Travis . “Hit Me Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears)
White Stripes . “Jolene” (Dolly Parton)