MGMT: In the commentary for the movie Stop Making Sense, it is made clear that the reference to “Naive Melody” in the song’s title is about the bass and guitar tracks on the song and how they never change notes throughout the entire tune. This is made abundantly clear in this VERY early performance by MGMT as they successfully cover the song in the manner in which they do.
Miles Fisher: Well this is fucking crazy. We’ve got actor Miles Fisher performing his own cover of the song…combined with his own rendition of scenes from American Psycho. If you like the track, you can download his EP over at his website.
Perpetual Groove: Put simply, PGroove really kills this song. The good way. Lead vocalist Brock Butler could very well have the best voice for this cover of all the version’s I’ve heard. Source: 2-10-2007[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/pgroovenaive.mp3]
Ryan Montbleau Band: Another really great rendition, this version having our second instance where the keyboard part is played on a string instrument, (see The Arcade Fire) in this case Laurence Scudder’s viola. Source: 12-31-2005[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/rmbnaive.mp3]
Shawn Colvin: Making things interesting this week, we’ve got a great female vocalist performance. This was originally released on Colvin’s third studio record, an album of all covers. Source: Cover Girl[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/colvinnaive.mp3]
Live performance of Shawn Colvin with Strings Attached:
String Cheese Incident: And finally we’ve got SCI. This was definitely a wise cover for them as it fits their instrumentation well. They also must like it as it was one of the covers selected to appear at their first major gig in years when they performed earlier this month at the Rothbury Festival. Source: 11-17-2000[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/scinaive.mp3]
Checking on last week’s Standing On The Moon Cover Wars, it’s currently a tie between Bruce Hornsby/Trey Anastasio and Mr. Blotto.