Argentine artists cover Velvet Underground & Nico

By - 12 August, 2010

There was quite a bit of press last year when Beck and his online Record Club covered the seminal Velvet Underground & Nico album in full. Unfortunately less was known about the same endeavour which was being carried out by a number of bands in Argentina’s alternative music scene. The project, produced by Woodie Alien, saw different artists tackle all of the songs from this album, as well as play them live. Some of the tracks have been translated into spanish while others have remained in their original lyrical forms. The one thing that is for sure is that the majority of tracks have been transformed into something quite different. It makes this album, which can be downloaded for free (there’s a link at the bottom of the page), a great introduction for anyone wishing to find out more about the indie/alternative music scene in Argentina.

Some of the highlights include the dream-pop version of “Sunday Morning” by Flavia & The Motonets (here translated as “Mañana de Domingo”), Modular‘s vocoderised reading of “Femme Fatale”, which surprisingly works extremely well, and “Corre, Corre, Corre” (i.e. “Run, Run, Run”) by El Mató a un Policía Motorizado, which manages to capture the New York swagger of Ace Frehley or Mink Deville perfectly.

The tracklisting for the album is as follows:

01 – Flavia & The Motonets – Mañana de Domingo
02 – Ushuaia Rocks! – I’m Waiting For The Man
03 – Modular – Femme Fatale
04 – Woodie Alien – Venus en Pieles
05 – El Mató a un Policía Motorizado – Corre, Corre, Corre
06 – Sr. Tomate – Todas las Fiestas del Mañana
07 – Reno y Los Castores Cósmicos – Heroin
08 – Picón de Mulo – Ahí Va Otra Vez
09 – Hacía Dos Veranos – I’ll Be Your Mirror
10 – Javi Punga – Canción de la Muerte del Ángel Negro
11 – Mujercitas Terror – European Son

The album can be downloaded here.

More Info:
Blog page for the record
For anyone interested the Beck version can be heard here

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