Regular Wendy’s Word readers know that I love cover songs. This blog entry is not about the band Hussalonia, because despite the fact that they’ve recorded tons of music, I’ve only ever listened to their cover songs. Which I love. They have two cover albums, Steely Danielle, which — no surprise — is Steely Dan covers, and the other covers Billy Joel’s Glass Houses album.
I’ve listened to Deacon Blues from Steely Danielle about a hundred times. Unlike Steely Dan’s smooth sound, Hussalonia’s version is more rock and roll, but still sounds like Deacon Blues, just a harder edged version. At one point, the song goes into a lower octave, which sounds dark and kind of creepy but also kind of cool. The other songs on the album are just as good.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I really like the original Glass Houses album. My good friend in high school was a Billy Joel fanatic, so we knew that album backwards and forwards. Which is why it’s so fun to hear the Hussalonia cover. Hussalonia picks up on the pop beat, but makes it a little harder edged, almost punk (particularly since the songs are so short, as are many punk songs). Far from being self-serious, the covers are funny without being mocking. Some of the songs are (gasp!) pretty and melodic, such as C’Etait Toi and Don’t Ask Me Why. If you know the album Glass Houses, you should definitely give Hussalonia’s version a listen, and if you don’t, then start out with the hits, like It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me or You May Be Right.
And the best part is that they’re all free downloads.