Sunday, October 11th, 2009

"Fake Plastic Trees"

Jeff Tweedy covers Radiohead

Photo via YouTubeYouTubeOh what a rolodex Neil Finn must have. In 2001, the former Split Enz and current Crowded House singer assembled a host of talent including Johnny Marr, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for a collaborative project and concert dubbed 7 Worlds Collide, which would spawn a live album and DVD.

Seven years later, Finn would again gather together a stellar lineup including many of the same players and some new ones, including much of Wilco, for a studio album of all-new songs released as The Sun Came Out in August and a set of charity concerts in benefit of Oxfam which featured much mixing and matching of personnel for many-old songs. One combination put Jeff Tweedy in front of the mic to perform Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees”. When an audience video from one of the shows got online, the internet seemed to collectively lose its shit but I was much more excited to hear this fan recording from a different show on account of the audio being much, much, much better.

Wilco are in the midst of a North American tour which brings them to Toronto’s Massey Hall for two nights this Wednesday and Thursday with Liam Finn, son of Neil and 7 Worlds Collide alumnus, as support. Radiohead recently confirmed they would be making a new, proper album in 2010 and in the meantime, Philip Selway is apparently working on a solo record and Thom Yorke is again stepping out solo while showing off his own impressive rolodex.

MP3: Jeff Tweedy and Seven Worlds Collide – “Fake Plastic Trees”
Video: Jeff Tweedy and Seven Worlds Collide – “Fake Plastic Trees”
Video: Radiohead – “Fake Plastic Trees”

By : Frank Yang at 10:18 am
Category: Chromewaves Radio

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  1. boyhowdy says:

    I’m with you, Frank: covers by famous people are all well and good, but if it’s unlistenable, it really doesn’t matter to me who made or played the song. Hurrah for MUCH better audio! [though crowd sing-alongs aren’t necessarily ideal for true audiophile listeners, either…]