NPR's Amazing First Listen Series is letting the world hear "Rave On Buddy Holly" where a host of wonderful artist's like Paul McCartney, Modest Mouse, Patti Smith, the Black Keys, Florence and the Machine, and MORE basically take a big steamy dump on Buddy Holly's grave! Isn't it bad enough that this angelic Texan musical gem had to die tragically at age 22 AND that certifiably nutso Gary Busey portrayed him in a bio-pic (!!!), now all these well meaning folks have to perform startlingly banal renditions of his songs. It is not that a ton of love and respect wasn't mustered up in all these performances- IT is that Buddy Holly's songs are only his and his alone. His sound is so terribly and beautifully unique that covering his blessed songs is creative artistic- suicide. Go ahead cover the Beatles to your hearts content- but leave Charles Hardin Holley's songs the fuck alone.
Decide for yourself by hitting the link below but I warn you- you won't feel good the morning after.
First Listen: 'Rave On Buddy Holly'