Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Last week, Courtney Barnett posted a cover of INXS’ ‘Kick’ album played in full. It got us wondering: if you could pick an act to remake an entire album, who’d it be and why? Here’s some of NME readers’ best suggestions, starting with The Orwells taking on The Stooges’ ‘Raw Power’. Tom Hancock says it’d give wild frontman Mario Cuomo “even more license to go fucking mental.”

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Kasabian - 'Born To Die' (Lana Del Rey): Chloe Moore says the Leicester crew should put their laddy art-rock anthem-making on hold for a bit to create a new spin on LDR’s debut, after impressing with a 2011 cover of its standout track. “Their cover of ‘Video Games’ is brilliant, I need to hear more!” she writes. Can’t see Lana returning the favour with a version of ‘Velociraptor’ somehow.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Biffy Clyro - 'Lonerism' (Tame Impala): “Biffy have gone a bit off-track in recent years, flirting with mainstream pop. Which is fine and all, but a cover of this mental, virtuoso, emotional psych-rock gem should reinvigorate them,” writes Jenny Taylor. BRING IT ON, we say.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Death Grips – any 'Now That's What I Call Music' compilation: “Just imagine. MC Ride tearing a Ronan Keating ballad to shreds. Incredible.” We’re with you, Paul Bradshaw. If the Sacremento rap terrors hadn’t split last week, this sounds like just their type of antagonistic fuckery. Shame.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Death Cab For Cutie - 'Louder Than Bombs' (The Smiths): Bailey James Hunt nominated Seattle emo favourites Death Cab to take on this Smiths singles collection. Makes sense: Ben Gibbard certainly knows his way around a melancholy indie-pop hook, while their take on ‘There Is A Light…’ is a decent effort. We’re on board.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Muse – ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ (David Bowie): NME reader Drew Helland reckons, when it comes to covering Bowie at his most otherworldly, only Muse would have the fantastical pomp to pull it off, describing it as potentially “epic”. Could Matt Bellamy pull off a spangly cosmic cat suit though, that’s the real question.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Smashing Pumpkins - 'MBV' (My Bloody Valentine): Let’s face it, the world of Billy Corgan is so unpredictable, a My Bloody Valentine cover album isn’t actually outside the realms of possibility. Reigning in the white noise a little bit to highlight Kevin Shields’ underrated way with a melody, we can imagine it being a massive success. Thanks to Jack Tully for the suggestion.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Jack White – 'Turn Blue' (The Black Keys): “For the undeniable banter,” says NME reader Jamie Walker. Sit back and let the sparks fly…

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Pixies - 'In Utero' (Nirvana): “It'd be amazingly weirdly cool,” says Twitter’s HarryOfCann. Maybe ‘Nevermind’ would be more fitting though: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was Kurt Cobain’s attempt to write a Pixies style pop song, he said afterwards. Either way, we’d definitely crank this.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Sigur Ros - 'Hail To The King' (Avenged Sevenfold): “That would be interesting,” says Twitter’s Gurlstrange. You can say that again: one specializes in twinkly orchestral post-rock, the other’s a hell-raising troop of goth racket makers. Stranger things have happened...

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Rihanna - 'Parellel Lines' (Blondie): "Controversial I know but fuck it, I think it'd be amazing," says Adrian Travekc. "Ri Ri's as much of a siren as Debbie Harry was in her day, and just as punk."

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Outkast – ‘Sticky Fingers’ (The Rolling Stones): Andre 3000 and Big Boi have long mixed rock histrionics into their southern rap sound, so we’d be well up for an album from the Atlanta pair riffing on samples from this Stones’ masterpiece. “I don’t know why, I just know it would sound unreal,” writes Ryan Thomas.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Palma Violets - 'Up The Bracket' (Libertines): A take on the Libs’ classic debut would cement the Lambeth group’s growing reputation as Britain’s best new indie troublemakers. “It’d be a baton passing moment,” says Jonathan Slinn. “A shambolic beauty.”

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Dinosaur Jr - 'Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere' (Neil Young and Crazy Horse): “Can’t think of anyone better to resurrect songs like ‘Cinammon Girl’ than J Mascis, spilling amazing guitar solos all over the shop.” True that, NME reader Sam Broadbank.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

One Direction - 'The Thing That Should Not Be' (Metallica): Not sure if this is a suggestion for a brilliant pop-metal crossover, or just a description of Harry Styles’ abominable pop troop. Either way, thanks for the suggestion, Thomas Fullerton.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Aphex Twin - 'Pet Sounds' (Beach Boys): A joyous, symphonic pop masterpiece, put in the iconoclastic hands of electronic noise terror Aphex? You might be on to something here, NME.com user WhatsMyMantra.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Queens Of The Stone Age - 'Greatest Hits' (Roy Orbison): A suggestion from NME.com comment board user Burnsie911, this is a great shout – imagine ‘Pretty Women’ reinterpreted with hard-rockin’ Josh Homme sleaze, or ‘Drove All Night’ given a turbo boost. Awesome.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Pavement - 'Doolittle' (The Pixies): “Or the Pixies covering ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ by Pavement,” suggests Squire1998, who sees serious crossover potential between Stephen Malkmus’ and Black Francis’ bands. Sounds like some gold soundz to us.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Jungle - 'Discovery' (Daft Punk): A mysterious duo who make awesomely danceable songs that are both retro and futuristic at the same time... sound familiar? Jungle share a similar DNA to the French robo pair, which was enough to make Declan Thomson suggest a covers record: "It'd be massive. Can't see it happening ever but I'd love them to do it."

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Radiohead - 'This Year's Model' (Elvis Costello): “They're big Costello fans but they rarely sound particularly Costello-ish,” says Huw Thomas, who wants to see Thom Yorke and co put their money where their mouths are and demonstrate their Costello fandom properly.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Arctic Monkeys - 'Bringing It All Back Home' (Bob Dylan): Zimmerman’s 1965 classic has “lots of cool, rapid fire lyrics” for Alex Turner to wrap his tongue around, points out Twitter’s Peachfront. Good shout – split into an electric and acoustic side, it could showcase both sides of the Sheffield crew’s stellar songwriting.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Kanye West - 'Thriller' (Michael Jackson): Ella Jeffers agreed with a suggestion we threw out there last week in a blog: that Kanye's got enough in common with the former King of Pop to make "a decent stab" at a 'Thriller' reworking.

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Foals - 'Graceland' (Paul Simon): Yannis and co are all about the breezy afro-pop, with the same cultured world music influences simmering underneath their rock sound as Paul Simon mined for his solo classic. Which is why Jason Smyth thinks they'd do such a good job covering it: "'You Can Call Me Al' would be turned into a monstrous party-starter. They could definitely pull it off!"

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

The Black Keys - 'Joshua Tree' (U2): Simon Russell thinks a remake of this U2 classic would be one to remember. It's hard to imagine the pair slowing down for long enough for a faithful rendition of 'With or Without You', so you'd expect a more furious, loose interpretation.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

The Strokes - 'Transformer' (Lou Reed): "From one NYC legend to five new ones," writes Andy Ford. Sign us up for this one.

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Morrissey - 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea' (Neutral Milk Hotel): Not his normal style, but something tells NME reader Imran Brahmic that Mozza would like Jeff Magnum's magical dreamlike tale of Anne Frank: "It's just his sort of melancholy. 'Two Headed Boy' you can imagine him doing in the style of Gerry and the Pacemakers."

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Jake Bugg - 'Grace' (Jeff Buckley): Alright, it's not exactly like the world needs another rendition of 'Hallelujah', but Becky Hill has a point when she says "Jake Bugg could strip those songs right down a do a decent tribute fitting of the legend."

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Royal Blood - 'IV' (Led Zeppelin): "Not sure how they'd do their quieter moments, but Royal Blood have the all-out, big-riff power to recreate Zep's heavier moments in style," says Jess Reitman.

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Metronomy - any Motown Greatest Hits compilation: Metronomy's 'Love Letters' was full of Motowny shoop-doop-doop backing vocals. Jay Sabihah wants to see Joe Mount's crew go one step further with their next album and just "cover all the Motown hits, Marvin Gaye especially."

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Muse Remake 'Ziggy Stardust'? 30 Cover Albums NME Readers Would Love To Hear

Beady Eye - 'Definitely Maybe' (Oasis): "It'd piss Noel off - maybe even enough to get him to agree to a proper Oasis reunion..." You've got the right idea, Danny Jones...

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