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Weezer’s new Teal album has people talking about the wisdom of cover versions

One of the most popular topic requests for The Ongoing History of New Music is cover songs. People love it when artists record material previously released by someone else.

After being convinced/coerced/bullied into covering Toto’s “Africa,” Weezer this past week released an entire album of covers that, at first glance, seem to be a little out of the band’s scope. But further investigation shows that such a move is right on brand for Weezer. For them, covers have been good for business.

The Toronto Star looks into the covers phenomenon in Sunday’s edition. And yes, I’m quoted.

“It’s a sign of the power and currency of a good cover song these days. They are everywhere.

“More than just paying homage to a musical influence, they can be a marketing tool and also a way to feed fans’ all-consuming appetite for more music from their favourite artists.

“’Covers are an attention getter,’ says Alan Cross, a local broadcaster and the man behind The Ongoing History of New Music on Corus Radio.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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