Listen to Blitzen Trapper + Superchunk Cover Ryan Adams
In 2000, Ryan Adams released his debut solo album, ‘Heartbreaker.’ On it, he argued with David Rawlings about Morrissey, penned one of the all-time greatest alternative country tracks, ‘To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High),’ sang a beautiful ode to his home state of North Carolina (‘Oh My Sweet Carolina’) and shared what would turn into a massive fan-favorite, ‘Come Pick Me Up.’
Focusing on the latter, Superchunk (who are also from North Carolina) shared their indie rock interpretation of the song. The new cover will appear on ‘While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records,’ which features artists putting their own spins on Bloodshot’s catalog.
While Adams’ original version is beautifully tragic in its sound, Superchunk’s rocked up rendition takes it a to a new level. Sure, the content of the track doesn’t change, but they evolve it from an overall bummer of a tune to an amped up, fist-pumping -- dare we say it -- party.
Compare it with the original:
Also on the compilation is another track from ‘Heartbreaker’ -- Blitzen Trapper’s cover of the aforementioned ‘To Be Young’:
Blitzen Trapper stay very true to the original. For your comparison:
‘While No One Was Looking’ will feature “38 genre-spanning tracks celebrating the history of Bloodshot Records.” It hits the streets on Nov. 18 and will be available on CD, 12-inch vinyl and as a deluxe LP. The deluxe LP is a very limited run of 500 copies pressed on red vinyl. Get details on the release here.
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