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Rewinding June | The Best Tributes

From Boots Electric to U.K. Subs, here are the albums I enjoyed the most.

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A great cover tune is always a joy to behold. An album full of them is even better. Here are the covers collections that came out June, listed in alphabetical order. Just click on the cover pictures to find the original review page (where you can usually listen to the album in full):


Eagles of Death Metal
EODM Presents Boots Electric Performing The Best Songs We Never Wrote

Boots Electric is kicking up his heels again. And after everything he’s been through, who can blame him. Singer-guitarist Jesse Hughes, the handlebar-stached, aviator-shaded frontdude of rock revivalists Eagles of Death Metal, bounces back from the horrors of Paris with an irreverent collection of classic-rock covers. From usual suspects like AC/DC and KISS to left-fielders like George Michael and Mary J. Blige, everything is infused with Hughes’ glammy, party-down enthusiasm in this love letter to the healing powers of rock ’n’ roll.


Rickie Lee Jones
Kicks

Stop her if you’ve heard this one before. On her fourth covers collection, adventurous singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones boasts another eclectic set list, veering between jazz, cabaret, country, classic rock and more while she lovingly retools the work of artists from Louis Prima and Dean Martin to Steve Miller, Elton John and (believe it or not) Bad Company. Yes, you read that right: The boho-jazz queen behind Chuck E.’s in Love is covering Bad Company. We are through the looking glass here, people.


U.K. Subs
Subversions II

Once was not enough. On their second jaw-dropping covers set, gravel-throated street-punk icon Charlie Harper and his latest minions make good on that title — chiefly by spurning guttersnipe fare for bona fide rock classics. Love it or loathe it, you haven’t lived until you’ve heard U.K. Subs cover The Immigrant Song, My Generation and Rockin’ in the Free World — when they aren’t converting We Will Rock You into a driving punk anthem. Wow. Just … wow.