Tiffany Anders is no stranger to cover songs. In fact she’s just launched Listen Listen Synch, a new LA based licensing company that specializes in releasing quality music covers of well-known songs by noteworthy artists, along with music coordinator Taylor Rowley (you can check out their first cover song release, Ty Segall’s cover of The Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m A Man”, here).
In honour of the occasion we asked Tiffany to pick her own favourite covers in sync. Here’s what she came up with:
“Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony”- Wendy Carlos – Clockwork Orange
This is an example of how a piece of music is integral to the story and the reimagining of it making it completely unique to the film. Wendy Carlos used the then very new Moog synthesizer to create and electronic futuristic reworking of Beethoven’s Ninth – which has remained a classic to this day.
“Hotel California”- The Gipsy Kings – The Big Lebowski
Perhaps one of the greatest and funniest moments and best use of a completely unique rendition of the Eagles classic.
“Everybody’s Talkin'”- Harry Nilsson – Midnight Cowboy
Not too many people know the Greenwich Village folk singer Fred Neil, but many people know his song “Everybody’s Talkin’.” That’s thanks in part to Harry Nilsson who decided to cover the song in 1969 – 3 years after Neil released his version, and it was used to critical acclaim in the film Midnight Cowboy. I personally love both versions – but I am still so pleased that Nilsson’s was used to such great affect in the film.
“Nature Boy” – David Bowie and Massive Attack – Moulin Rouge
This is a gorgeous rendition of a Jazz standard, originally recorded by Nat King Cole and written by Eden Ahbez, a California hippie, before there were hipipes who lived behind the Hollywood Sign. This is one of my favorite versions of the song – with orchestration and used to great affect in Moulin Rouge.
“Here”- The Tindersticks – The End of The Tour
In all fairness, I will start by saying I music supervised this film, but I will also fess up and say that this song was not my discovery – it was the director James Ponsoldt who brought it to my attention. Not only did it work perfectly lyrically for the closing credits of the film, it was the most interesting take on an indie rock song I had ever heard. Had we used the original Pavement version – I don’t think it would have quite packed the punch that this one had.
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