The Temptations & Pitfalls Of Musical Tributes
From Prince to Radiohead to Dylan, there's no one right way to do it.
I've heard They Mght Be Giants interpret Chumbawumba. I've heard Frank Sinatra do the Beatles. I've heard R.E.M. do Three Dog Night doing Paul Williams. I've heard Nancy Sinatra do the Beatles. I've heard Kurt Elling and Cassandra Wilson, both jazz singers, cover the Monkees. I've heard the Hold Steady perform Huey Lewis. And as regular listeners to the show know, my mind was blown last year by an evening of the New York free jazz arkestra Burnt Sugar playing, as they put it, the Steely Dan Songbook.