Take Cover

By The Editors
May 13, 2014 9:00 am
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Jay Blakesberg

Talent imitates, genius steals.

That’s the modus operandi of the world’s greatest cover bands.

To celebrate that piratical spirit — and to laud the new, all-diva-songs album from seminal cover artists Me First and the Gimme Gimmes — we give you this:

The 14 Greatest Cover Bands in Music History, available for your bemused perusal right now.

Yes, cover bands. Bards of the church basement! Balladeers of the bride! And, occasionally, geniuses.

Such as:

  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and their Celine Dion punk rock
  • Nouvelle Vague’s sultry bossa nova takes on New Wave favorites
  • Tragedy: The only all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees

So read up: we have a Q&A with Fat Mike (of the aforementioned Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, with a new album out today — all diva songs!) explaining the dos and don’ts of cover bands, plus our picks for 13 other bands that outshine the originals, song links included.

We’ve got you covered.

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