Take 2@2 for Friday, December 1, 2017. Last night I was hanging out with Marc Smith, from Grateful Dead & Phriends. Biggs was joking about “Tad’s Tutu” as he calls it. Marc did say that it must be hard to find new covers all of the time. Well Marc, yes, yes it is difficult. Luckily I know that I am not the only radio DJ doing this.

Australian radio station Triple J has been hosting a covers segment called Like a Version since 2005. For the past dozen years, a long list of acts has performed live cover tunes for listeners of Triple J. Fans of Triple J have enjoyed multiple volumes of these cover songs, however those of us in the Western Hemisphere have never heard them, until now. This September Triple J released a North American compilation titled Like a Version. The 21 track set includes a long list of diverse acts like Tame Impala, Ben Folds, Mumford & Sons, and Chvrches.

As this is an Australian creation, I want to focus on one of the Aussie groups on the CD. Boy & Bear performed a song that they make their own. Their interpretation of this tune is perfectly transformed to their style with regard to the original.

Amy Winehouse recorded “Back to Black” for the album of the same name in 2006. The song deals with Winehouse’s relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil. The dude left Winehouse to return to his ex-girlfriend and Winehouse returned to the bottle.

– Tad Abbey