Looking for a modern cover of "It's Only A Paper Moon".
June 20, 2013 11:30 PM   Subscribe

I was in a shop today and heard a snippet of "It's Only A Paper Moon" played with what sounded like a synth beat. Unfortunately the clerks weren't able to help me figure out the artist and sorting through the 813 versions of the song on iTunes has proven slow work. Does anyone know of a track like this? I may be off in my description a bit, but it definitely wasn't your standard jazz cover.
posted by Tell Me No Lies to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Whiskeytown (Ryan Adam's breakthrough band) did a cover of it on Pneumonia (2001). However, it's got more of a calypso or cha cha beat than a synth beat, although I could see how the latin percussion could be mistaken for, say an 808 commonly used on something synth-beat-sounding.
posted by digitalprimate at 12:01 AM on June 21, 2013

Response by poster: Thanks, but upon listening I'd say it was much faster than that, more like a dance beat.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 12:07 AM on June 21, 2013

Songs that sampled Ella Fitzgerald.
posted by empath at 1:17 AM on June 21, 2013

Did it sound similar to this shiny toy guns remix of a similar song?

Also, were the vocals original with new electronic backing, or were they redone like that song.

I can likely ask a couple people and seriously narrow this down if I know those two details.
posted by emptythought at 3:01 AM on June 21, 2013

Response by poster: I'm 99% sure it was new vocals.

Not too much in common with the shiny toy guns cover. Much more energetic for a start.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:28 AM on June 21, 2013

Could it be Erin McKeown's version? It's not synth-y, but is heavy on the percussion and has a much faster tempo.
posted by zoetrope at 8:29 AM on June 21, 2013

Response by poster: Oooh, finding out about the Erin McKeown version alone was worth this AskMe.

Update the background and give it a bit of a funky beat and we're there.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:35 AM on June 21, 2013

(For future readers of this thread: the Whiskeytown song Paper Moon is not a cover but a new song with the same name. See also the Ryan Adams songs Hallelujah and New York, New York, which are not covers.)
posted by clavicle at 2:05 PM on June 21, 2013

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