If you only watch one video of a cover song today, make it the video for Yo La Tengo’s cover of “Friday I’m In Love” (2015, from the forthcoming album Stuff Like That There).
Yo La Tengo has been around for 30 years. The indie rock trio from Hoboken, New Jersey hardly needs an introduction. They’ve released 13 proper albums, 14 EPs and a slew of singles. The bulk of that stuff was released between the years 1986-2000. In the 14.5 years since then, they’ve released just four albums and five EPs.
In 1990, they released Fakebook, which is a very odd collection of cover songs with a few originals mixed in. In celebration of the band’s 31st anniversary and the 25th anniversary of Fakebook, Yo La Tengo is releasing a “sequel” to that album on August 28 via Matador Records. Stuff Like That There is another oddball assortment of covers, a couple of Yo La Tengo songs reworked, and a couple of brand new originals. Like Fakebook, most of the covers are pretty obscure, but it does feature a cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, and this stunning cover of The Cure’s “Friday I’m In Love”. The smash single from the 1992 album Wish is arguably The Cure’s most well-known song.
I’ve heard a bunch of cover versions of “Friday I’m In Love”, but none compare to this version. I love how it’s totally stripped down: acoustic guitar, brushed drums, and Georgia Hubley’s sugary, breathy vocals. A lot of people will enjoy the theme of the video, which depicts an apocalypse seemingly brought on by Georgia.
I’ve probably watched this video six times just now. Enjoy:
Stuff Like That There will come out on August 28. You can pre-order it and see the full track listing here. Note that the LP does NOT come with a download code. So order your choice of format accordingly.