Monthly Mixtape: July

Run For Cover

Summer is heating up and that means it’s time for a new mixtape. This month’s theme is cover music, songs that were originally by one artist and done by another. Many of these songs see radical changes in genre, timbre, and overall mood from the originals, and that makes the experience more unpredictable. A heavy metal cover of a beloved folk rock song? More likely than you think. Expectancy violation theory is a communication theory that looks at how an individual reacts to changes in norms or expectations, so think of this mixtape as a case study in this theory. Personally I enjoy having my expectations shattered, so when I see the song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction being covered by Devo, I hope it’s nothing like the original.

It’s a cover playlist. Get it?

The List

  • Devo – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  • Drab Majesty – No Rain
  • Elvis Costello – Beautiful
  • The Prize Fighter Inferno – Stand By Me
  • Gary Jules – Mad World
  • After the Fire – Der Kommissar
  • George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
  • UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You
  • Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  • Raymond Orta – Volver, Volver
  • Gipsy Kings – Hotel California
  • Fantômas – Simply Beautiful
  • Nevermore – Sound of Silence
  • bo en – The Reason
  • The Bee Sharps – God Only Knows

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Jose Diaz

Collector of analog media.

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