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2nd Jan '16 5:58:00 AM aye_amber
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Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words: "a musical director" -- he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (Music/DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original {{Instrumentals}} in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.

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Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words: "a musical director" -- he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (Music/DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) (Cindytalk), and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a A combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original {{Instrumentals}} in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.
2nd Jan '16 5:17:44 AM aye_amber
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Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words, "a musical director" - he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (Music/DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original {{Instrumentals}} in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.

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Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words, words: "a musical director" - -- he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (Music/DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original {{Instrumentals}} in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.
2nd Jan '16 5:13:44 AM aye_amber
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The latter came about more as a result of random chance than prior plans. One of 4AD's bands, Modern English (yeah, the "I Melt With You" guys), had been playing two of their early songs, "Sixteen Days" and "Gathering Dust", as a medley at the end of their concerts. Watts-Russell suggested they record the medley, with the band saying "no." Undeterred, he decided to do it himself and assembled a bunch of musicians drawn from the 4AD roster, including Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie (Music/CocteauTwins), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and a few members from Modern English and Colourbox. The result was an EP under the "This Mortal Coil" name, ''Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust''. The EP's B-side was a cover of "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, performed solely by Fraser and Guthrie. The latter attracted the most praise and attention thanks to its minimalist production and Fraser's powerful vocals - it peaked at #3 on the UK Indie charts for 101 weeks and was later included on the "band"'s first album.

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The latter came about more as a result of random chance than prior plans. One of 4AD's bands, Modern English (yeah, the "I Melt With You" guys), had been playing two of their early songs, "Sixteen Days" and "Gathering Dust", Dust," as a medley at the end of their concerts. Watts-Russell suggested they record the medley, with the band saying "no." Undeterred, he decided to do it himself and assembled a bunch of musicians drawn from the 4AD roster, including roster including: Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie (Music/CocteauTwins), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) (Cindytalk), and a few members from Modern English and Colourbox. The result was an EP under the "This Mortal Coil" name, ''Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust''. Days / Gathering Dust.'' The EP's B-side BSide was a cover of "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, Music/TimBuckley, performed solely by Fraser and Guthrie. The latter attracted the most praise and attention thanks to its minimalist production and Fraser's powerful vocals - -- it peaked at #3 on the UK Indie charts for 101 weeks and was later included on the "band"'s band's first album.
2nd Jan '16 3:56:06 AM aye_amber
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Ivo Watts-Russell had a really good thing going on in TheEighties: he was the founder and president of 4AD Records, a key label in the British PostPunk movement and the main label associated with the DreamPop genre. And later, he also became famous as the leader of the DreamPop {{Supergroup}} This Mortal Coil.

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Ivo Watts-Russell had a really good thing going on in TheEighties: he He was the founder and president of 4AD Records, a key label in the British PostPunk movement and the main label associated with the DreamPop genre. And later, he also became famous as the leader of the DreamPop {{Supergroup}} This Mortal Coil.
6th Jun '15 6:52:57 AM Patachou
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After a five year pause, Watts-Russell and Fryer commenced work on another This Mortal Coil album, which Russell had announced would be the last. [=McCarrick=], Appleton, Limerick and the Rutkowski sisters were the holdovers this time, with new contributors including Kim Deal (Music/ThePixies, Music/TheBreeders), Tanya Donnelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders), Caroline Crawley (Shelleyan Orphan), Tim Freeman, Heidi Berry and Anne Garrigues. Another double album, ''Blood'' was very much ''Filigree & Shadow'' II, splitting its time equally between DreamPop and {{Goth}}ic Rock. ''Blood'' however had fewer experimental moments and boasted a similarly strong selection of covers, ensuring that This Mortal Coil ended on a high note.

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After a five year pause, Watts-Russell and Fryer commenced work on another This Mortal Coil album, which Russell had announced would be the last. [=McCarrick=], Appleton, Limerick and the Rutkowski sisters were the holdovers this time, with new contributors including Kim Deal (Music/ThePixies, Music/TheBreeders), Tanya Donnelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders), Caroline Crawley (Shelleyan Orphan), Tim Freeman, Heidi Berry and Anne Garrigues. Another double album, ''Blood'' ''Music/{{Blood}}'' was very much ''Filigree & Shadow'' II, splitting its time equally between DreamPop and {{Goth}}ic Rock. ''Blood'' however had fewer experimental moments and boasted a similarly strong selection of covers, ensuring that This Mortal Coil ended on a high note.



* ''Blood'' (1991)

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* ''Blood'' ''Music/{{Blood}}'' (1991)



** ''Blood'': "Mr. Somewhere" by The Apartments, "With Tomorrow" by Gene Clark, "You and Your Sister" and "I Am the Cosmos" by Chris Bell, "Nature's Way" by Spirit, "I Come and Stand at Every Door" by Music/TheByrds, "Several Times" by Pieter Nooten, "Late Night" by [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]], "Help Me Lift You Up" by Mary Margaret O'Hara, "Carolyn's Song" by Rain Parade and "'Till I Gain Control Again" by Emmylou Harris.

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** ''Blood'': ''Music/{{Blood}}'': "Mr. Somewhere" by The Apartments, "With Tomorrow" by Gene Clark, "You and Your Sister" and "I Am the Cosmos" by Chris Bell, "Nature's Way" by Spirit, "I Come and Stand at Every Door" by Music/TheByrds, "Several Times" by Pieter Nooten, "Late Night" by [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]], Music/SydBarrett, "Help Me Lift You Up" by Mary Margaret O'Hara, "Carolyn's Song" by Rain Parade and "'Till I Gain Control Again" by Emmylou Harris.Music/EmmylouHarris.



* LiteraryAllusionTitle - "This Mortal Coil" comes from ''{{Hamlet}}''.

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle - "This Mortal Coil" comes from ''{{Hamlet}}''.''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
23rd Jan '15 9:24:49 PM tenryufan
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* RevivalByCommercialization - Creator/DavidLynch arguably did this by putting "Song to the Siren" on the soundtrack of ''Film/LostHighway''. It's also showed up in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLovelyBones''.
29th Mar '13 8:59:22 PM JIKTV
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** ''Tears'': "Kangaroo" and "Holocaust" by Music/BigStar, "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, "Fond Affections" by Rema-Rema, "Another Day" by Roy Harper (later covered by PeterGabriel and KateBush), "Not Me" by Colin Newman.

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** ''Tears'': "Kangaroo" and "Holocaust" by Music/BigStar, "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, "Fond Affections" by Rema-Rema, "Another Day" by Roy Harper (later covered by PeterGabriel Music/PeterGabriel and KateBush), Music/KateBush), "Not Me" by Colin Newman.



** ''Blood'': "Mr. Somewhere" by The Apartments, "With Tomorrow" by Gene Clark, "You and Your Sister" and "I Am the Cosmos" by Chris Bell, "Nature's Way" by Spirit, "I Come and Stand at Every Door" by Music/TheByrds, "Several Times" by Pieter Nooten, "Late Night" by [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]], "Help Me Lift You Up" by Mary Margaret O'Hara, "Carolyn's Song" by Rain Parade and "'Till I Gain Control Again" by Music/EmmylouHarris.

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** ''Blood'': "Mr. Somewhere" by The Apartments, "With Tomorrow" by Gene Clark, "You and Your Sister" and "I Am the Cosmos" by Chris Bell, "Nature's Way" by Spirit, "I Come and Stand at Every Door" by Music/TheByrds, "Several Times" by Pieter Nooten, "Late Night" by [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]], "Help Me Lift You Up" by Mary Margaret O'Hara, "Carolyn's Song" by Rain Parade and "'Till I Gain Control Again" by Music/EmmylouHarris.Emmylou Harris.



* Music/{{Instrumentals}} - Several on each album.

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* Music/{{Instrumentals}} {{Instrumentals}} - Several on each album.



* RevivalByCommercialization - DavidLynch arguably did this by putting "Song to the Siren" on the soundtrack of ''LostHighway''. It's also showed up in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLovelyBones''.

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* RevivalByCommercialization - DavidLynch Creator/DavidLynch arguably did this by putting "Song to the Siren" on the soundtrack of ''LostHighway''.''Film/LostHighway''. It's also showed up in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLovelyBones''.



* TearJerker - Quite a few, but their cover "I Come and Stand at Every Door" takes the cake.
29th Mar '13 8:56:33 PM JIKTV
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Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words, "a musical director" - he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (Music/DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original Music/][=Instrumentals=] in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.

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Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words, "a musical director" - he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (Music/DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original Music/][=Instrumentals=] {{Instrumentals}} in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.
29th Mar '13 8:56:01 PM JIKTV
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The latter came about more as a result of random chance than prior plans. One of 4AD's bands, Modern English (yeah, the "I Melt With You" guys), had been playing two of their early songs, "Sixteen Days" and "Gathering Dust", as a medley at the end of their concerts. Watts-Russell suggested they record the medley, with the band saying "no." Undeterred, he decided to do it himself and assembled a bunch of musicians drawn from the 4AD roster, including Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie (CocteauTwins), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and a few members from Modern English and Colourbox. The result was an EP under the "This Mortal Coil" name, ''Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust''. The EP's B-side was a cover of "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, performed solely by Fraser and Guthrie. The latter attracted the most praise and attention thanks to its minimalist production and Fraser's powerful vocals - it peaked at #3 on the UK Indie charts for 101 weeks and was later included on the "band"'s first album.

Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words, "a musical director" - he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original Music/{{Instrumentals}} in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.

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The latter came about more as a result of random chance than prior plans. One of 4AD's bands, Modern English (yeah, the "I Melt With You" guys), had been playing two of their early songs, "Sixteen Days" and "Gathering Dust", as a medley at the end of their concerts. Watts-Russell suggested they record the medley, with the band saying "no." Undeterred, he decided to do it himself and assembled a bunch of musicians drawn from the 4AD roster, including Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie (CocteauTwins), (Music/CocteauTwins), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and a few members from Modern English and Colourbox. The result was an EP under the "This Mortal Coil" name, ''Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust''. The EP's B-side was a cover of "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, performed solely by Fraser and Guthrie. The latter attracted the most praise and attention thanks to its minimalist production and Fraser's powerful vocals - it peaked at #3 on the UK Indie charts for 101 weeks and was later included on the "band"'s first album.

Pleased with the result, Watts-Russell embarked on the recording of an entire TMC album. As with all TMC material, his role was, in his own words, "a musical director" - he chiefly assembled musicians and chose song material, occasionally playing keyboards. He managed to put together a DreamTeam of talented musicians from various bands on the label, with contributions from the aforementioned Fraser, Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Martyn and Steven Young (Colourbox), Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (DeadCanDance), (Music/DeadCanDance), Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), Gordon Sharp (Cindytalk) and the only outsider, Howard Devoto of The Buzzcocks. Masterminded by Watts-Russell and 4AD's in-house producer John Fryer, ''It'll End in Tears'' set the pattern for all TMC releases: a combination of {{Cover Version}}s of cult heroes which [[RearrangeTheSong transformed the songs]] into alternately moody and happy DreamPop, plus original Music/{{Instrumentals}} Music/][=Instrumentals=] in the same style. ''Tears'' was released to a friendly reception from the PostPunk indie scene and helped further establish DreamPop as a successful genre.
29th Mar '13 8:55:03 PM JIKTV
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After a five year pause, Watts-Russell and Fryer commenced work on another This Mortal Coil album, which Russell had announced would be the last. [=McCarrick=], Appleton, Limerick and the Rutkowski sisters were the holdovers this time, with new contributors including Kim Deal (ThePixies, TheBreeders), Tanya Donnelly (ThrowingMuses, TheBreeders), Caroline Crawley (Shelleyan Orphan), Tim Freeman, Heidi Berry and Anne Garrigues. Another double album, ''Blood'' was very much ''Filigree & Shadow'' II, splitting its time equally between DreamPop and {{Goth}}ic Rock. ''Blood'' however had fewer experimental moments and boasted a similarly strong selection of covers, ensuring that This Mortal Coil ended on a high note.

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After a five year pause, Watts-Russell and Fryer commenced work on another This Mortal Coil album, which Russell had announced would be the last. [=McCarrick=], Appleton, Limerick and the Rutkowski sisters were the holdovers this time, with new contributors including Kim Deal (ThePixies, TheBreeders), (Music/ThePixies, Music/TheBreeders), Tanya Donnelly (ThrowingMuses, TheBreeders), (Throwing Muses, The Breeders), Caroline Crawley (Shelleyan Orphan), Tim Freeman, Heidi Berry and Anne Garrigues. Another double album, ''Blood'' was very much ''Filigree & Shadow'' II, splitting its time equally between DreamPop and {{Goth}}ic Rock. ''Blood'' however had fewer experimental moments and boasted a similarly strong selection of covers, ensuring that This Mortal Coil ended on a high note.



** ''Filigree'': "The Jeweller" by Pearls Before Swine, "Tarantula" by Colourbox, "My Father" by Judy Collins, "Come Here My Love" by Van Morrison, "Strength of Strings" by Gene Clark, "Morning Glory" and "I Must Have Been Blind" by Tim Buckley, "I Want to Live" by Gary Ogan and Bill Lamb, "Firebrothers" by the Quicksilver Messenger Service, "Alone" by Colin Newman and "Drugs" by TalkingHeads.
** ''Blood'': "Mr. Somewhere" by The Apartments, "With Tomorrow" by Gene Clark, "You and Your Sister" and "I Am the Cosmos" by Chris Bell, "Nature's Way" by Spirit, "I Come and Stand at Every Door" by TheByrds, "Several Times" by Pieter Nooten, "Late Night" by [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]], "Help Me Lift You Up" by Mary Margaret O'Hara, "Carolyn's Song" by Rain Parade and "'Till I Gain Control Again" by EmmylouHarris.
* CoveredUp - Many, if not all of their covers qualify, but the obvious example would be "Song to the Siren" - you're likely to run into more people that know TMC's version than Buckley's original. [[RedHotChiliPeppers John Frusciante]] also covered it on his album ''The Empyrean'', so it remains to be seen which one becomes more popular...
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome - "Song to the Siren", for starters.

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** ''Filigree'': "The Jeweller" by Pearls Before Swine, "Tarantula" by Colourbox, "My Father" by Judy Collins, "Come Here My Love" by Van Morrison, "Strength of Strings" by Gene Clark, "Morning Glory" and "I Must Have Been Blind" by Tim Buckley, "I Want to Live" by Gary Ogan and Bill Lamb, "Firebrothers" by the Quicksilver Messenger Service, "Alone" by Colin Newman and "Drugs" by TalkingHeads.
Music/TalkingHeads.
** ''Blood'': "Mr. Somewhere" by The Apartments, "With Tomorrow" by Gene Clark, "You and Your Sister" and "I Am the Cosmos" by Chris Bell, "Nature's Way" by Spirit, "I Come and Stand at Every Door" by TheByrds, Music/TheByrds, "Several Times" by Pieter Nooten, "Late Night" by [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]], "Help Me Lift You Up" by Mary Margaret O'Hara, "Carolyn's Song" by Rain Parade and "'Till I Gain Control Again" by EmmylouHarris.
* CoveredUp - Many, if not all of their covers qualify, but the obvious example would be "Song to the Siren" - you're likely to run into more people that know TMC's version than Buckley's original. [[RedHotChiliPeppers John Frusciante]] also covered it on his album ''The Empyrean'', so it remains to be seen which one becomes more popular...
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome - "Song to the Siren", for starters.
Music/EmmylouHarris.
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