For Bloodshot Records’ 20th anniversary, the Chicago-based alt country label has prepared While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records, a whopping, 38-track album of artists covering songs from its extensive catalog.
Ahead of its November 18th release, we’ve already heard Chris Shiflett’s reverent rendition of Justin Townes Earle’s “Look the Other Way”, Andrew Bird’s ethereal take on Robbie Fulks’ “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine”, and Blitzen Trapper’s subdued reimagining of Ryan Adams’ “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)”. Now, the label’s unveiled another take on a Heartbreaker classic with Superchunk’s rousing version of Ryan Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up”.
While the original was twangy and understated, Superchunk’s rendition morphs it into a ripping punk banger with frontman Mac McCaughan’s performance keeping the track’s heartfelt core intact. In a statement, McCaughan said, “After going through probably a hundred songs from the Bloodshot catalog we decided to record ‘Come Pick Me Up’ from Heartbreaker. It’s a song I’ve always wanted to cover AND Ryan claims the title came from our album of the same name, so it seemed fitting. Though he may have just been saying that to be nice.”
Listen in below.
While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records also features contributions from Ted Leo, Diarrhea Planet, Frank Turner, Tim Kasher, Chuck Ragan, Hiss Golden Messenger, Shakey Graves, and Into It. Over It., among others.