A tribute album released this week aims to highlight the achievements of contributors to tribute albums. A Tribute To: A Tribute To Bands That Have Paid Tribute features twelve up-and-coming local bands, covering classic cover versions that have appeared on other tribute albums.
Mark Spark, founder of Good Freak Records and coordinator of the A Tribute To project, says the album performs the dual role of exposing listeners to new acts and honouring those who have paid tribute in the past.
"A band like [A Tribute To participant] Crucial Rust have spent years playing pubs, without getting the recognition they deserve," Spark says. "But once people hear their cover of Four Non Blondes' cover of Zeppelin's 'Misty Mountain Hop' from Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin, I predict big things, maybe even community radio airplay."
Other highlights include Little Mario's rendition of Body Count's cover of "Hey Joe" from Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, the Electric Arseclowns' take on Decembers January's contribution to Many Miles Away: A Tribute to the Police, and Pliant Giant's version of Sense Field's cover of "Caribou" from Where Is My Mind: A Tribute to the Pixies.
Spark says the project was inspired by the recent success of his label's Grope the Pope: A Punk Tribute to John Paul II compilation.
"It really struck a cord. Some of the bands who contributed to that album are now getting two, maybe even three, gigs a month."
Spark expects still greater things from A Tribute To.
"A bunch of unknown bands performing covers of other unknown bands' covers of well-known songs - how can it fail? Frankly, I think we've got a number one album on our hands."
This post is part of an occasional series in which old material is dredged up and reposted for the benefit of the three people who have joined the Sterne readership since late 2006. It originally appeared on April 27, 2005.