Friday, March 13, 2015

Lydia Loveless Covers Prince's "I Would Die 4 U"

Any semi-regular reader of this blog is going to know that we're pretty much obsessed with Lydia Loveless. Since one of my more long term musical obsessions is Prince, I'm beyond thrilled that Loveless is covering "I Would Die 4 U." Last year, Bloodshot Records announced a 21 song Prince tribute album. Apparently lots of people didn't realize it was an April Fool's Day prank, and they were pissed. To make that up to fans, they're releasing a split 7" for Record Store Day this year featuring the aforementioned cover of "I Would Die 4 U" with Cory Branan doing "Under the Cherry Moon." You can listen to Loveless's cover below. If you've heard her cover of Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon," you'll know she can reach way out of her country/rock/punk range. "I Would Die 4 U" is incredibly true to the original, with just slight hints of indie rock with her country drawl. "I Would Die 4 U" is one of those great Prince songs you kind of forget about until you hear it again. And then it becomes one of your favorites.

As always, for more information on Lydia Loveless, check out her webpage. To find out about the split 7", head on over to Bloodshot Records' site.

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