Friday, December 03, 2021

Song of the Day: 'Sea of Love' by Cat Power


I had never heard of Charlyn Marie "Chan" Marshall -- dba Cat Power -- until someone recently made a snide comment about her opening (along with Garbage) for Alanis Morissette. So I looked her up on YouTube Music -- sorry, Spotify, I can't resist the access it gives me to commercial-free videos on regular YouTube! -- and noticed she'd done a cover of the legendary Phil Phillips's song "Sea of Love." Her version was understated and adorable, and the next thing I knew I had listened to about 100 songs of hers and was a fan. Her pedigree is nice  -- she opened for Liz Phair, whom she replaced on the "Jagged Little Pill" tour, back in 1993 -- and was signed by Matador Records, home of New Pornographers, Spoon, Belle and Sebastian et al. And while I don't approve of her sober lifestyle(!), I do like that she's a gifted songwriter who also isn't afraid to record other people's music. Enjoy!

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