We’re suckers for a good cover tune here at Magnetic. Doing a cover song can be a precarious undertaking. Especially when the original invokes such an emotional response—like Smashing Pumpkins’ tune “1979.” It’s only the band’s highest charting single, so no doubt André Allen Anjos felt a bit of pressure out of the gate with this one. If there was any stress about covering such a seminal song it should be gone now, RAC (Remix Artist Collective) turned out a rather nice nod to the original tune. We love the fact that André Allen Anjos got his wife, Liz, to provide the vocals.
Here’s a little back story from André Allen Anjos about the song and why it was covered.
Many many years ago my buddy Filipe gave me a burnt CD with this file on it. It was this new thing called MP3 and apparently it was the future. I happily installed winamp (2.9 for lyfe) and listened to this particular song on repeat. Its all I had. That might not mean much, but it was just the start of what became my musical journey. I obviously liked music before that, but access was always a serious barrier. Napster came along and suddenly I had access to a lot more (on a 56k connection). A lot of people whine and whine about piracy but forget about the obvious benefit. Im able to do music for a living today because mp3s opened the door for independent music. It leveled the playing field. People are far more musically educated today than they were 10 years ago. It seriously educated me. Theres still a lot of horrible music today, but at least you know about the good stuff.
The song was 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. I figured it would be cool to do a cover. It had been a while since I did a track with my wife, so this seemed like a great opportunity for that. We tried to keep it relatively close to the original but definitely putting our own spin on it.
We think Billy Corgan would be proud.