Rock star Ted Leo keeps pretty busy as the frontman for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, but occasionally he reveals how truly eclectic his tastes are. He’s self-released a few awesome covers through the last few years on the internet (I recommend taking the time to listen to his cover of Concrete Blonde’s "Joey," in which he gives Johnette Napolitano a run for her money). This morning, Leo shared two new songs via his Twitter account: covers of Donovan’s "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" and Claude “Curly” Putman Jr.’s “Green Green Grass of Home.”
On his website, Leo shares the context for these two recordings:
A producer at Radiolab emailed me asking if I’d contribute two songs dealing with “color” in some way, for a show they were doing on the theme. I spent some time learning and recording the songs I chose and sent them along. I was told they sounded “great,” and then never heard anything else about it. The show aired this past week with many songs from other musicians, but without mine, which I only realized by listening to the show, as I am generally a fan, and listen often. Fan or not, though, I thought this was kind of shabby.
He later tweeted that he didn’t mean to cause any fights with Radiolab. But really, let’s just be glad he made the tracks available for us online. Not bad news for a Monday morning, you guys. Listen to the songs below.