Josh Rouse! Covering Mother Love Bone! Thanks to Kelly who sent this to me — it’s a song from the latest volume in Rouse’s Bedroom Classics series. I am big fan of volumes 1 and 2, and it’s quite a mindtrip to hear Nebraska singer Josh Rouse take on the formidable late ’80s/early ’90s pre-grunge rock sounds of Mother Love Bone.
“Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” is a dark and melancholy river of a song from the Singles soundtrack, and it is interesting here how Rouse only chooses to cover the intro portion, never lapsing into that chorus of “this is my kinda love, it’s the kind that moves on, it’s the kind that leaves me alone….” Having listened to the original so many times, it is a bit disconcerting where this version stops, but beautifully moody, and I can’t fault that choice in cover material.
Chloe Dancer (Mother Love Bone cover) – Josh Rouse