I played this cover the other night while DJing the Real Estate show here in LA. As the crowd was (mostly) early-mid twenties I was not surprised when a number of folks inquired as to the song’s origin (Bradford Cox’s voice and vocal tics are immediately recognizable to the converted). What did surprise me were the blank looks I received when they learned it was a Pylon cover (Pylon?), especially in light of the recent DFA reissues.  In hindsight it shouldn’t have been a surprise — this being a classic textbook case of an artist/band/whatever looming larger in one’s own mind than in that of the greater collective consciousness. But for me, growing up in Atlanta, Pylon was — while obviously nowhere near as big as fellow Athenians the B-52’s or R.E.M. — a pretty significant, seminal, band in the worlds of post-punk and new wave. Like R.E.M.’s own Eponymous, Pylon’s 1991 career retrospective, the snarkily entitled Hits, was a mainstay cassette in many a walkman at my high school.

Here Deerhunter pay a fitting tribute to their fellow Georgians while staying fairly true to the original’s intent and arrangement. From its onset “Cool” is coated in Deerhunter familiarity with Pylon’s Vanessa Briscoe Hay’s vocals replaced with Bradford’s signature oscillating push and pull. The results, sonically reminiscent to that of  Cryptograms-era Deerhunter, add an acute, yet understated, muscularity to the spider-y pop of the original.

MP3: Deerhunter :: Cool (Pylon Cover)
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6 Responses to “Deerhunter :: Cool (Pylon Cover)”

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  2. Pylon!

  3. […] Deerhunter’s brilliant cover of the early 80s post-punk band Pylon. […]

  4. Go deerhunter!

  5. Hey, great Pylon cover! Thanks for posting. I saw Pylon play what would unfortunately be their last show ever. They played at a local venue here in Winston-Salem (with a reformed Let’s Active!) and within weeks their guitarist died. An amazing closing act to a great, great band.

  6. 1. looove pylon.
    2. dude from pylon is BUFF. in the middle.
    3. bradford cox on such a roll these days
    4. thanks for tweeting, i almost missed this badboy

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