Score! 20 Years Of Merge Records: The Covers! (2009)
by Various
Merge Records - MRG351 - 07/04/2009

SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers! (MRG351) is a compilation album of cover versions of songs written by Merge artists who span the label's existence, and performed by artists not signed to the label.

Twenty covers are included, performed by QuasiLes Savy FavThe ShinsSt. Vincent/The NationalBroken Social SceneRyan AdamsBright EyesLavender DiamondThe Apples in StereoLaura CantrellBill CallahanBarbara ManningThe Mountain GoatsThe New Pornographers,Tracey Thorn/Jens LekmanThe Hive DwellersTed Leo and the PharmacistsOkkervil RiverDeath Cab for Cutie, and Times New Viking.[1] All proceeds from the compilation of covers were given to charity.


1Like A Fool (written by Superchunk)
Producer - Ryan Adams
Engineer, Mixed By - Noah Goldstein
Producer - Noah Goldstein

Performance statistics

TitleTimes playedDebutLast played
Like A FoolNever played live


The blog This Is That Song has the only online studio version of the song that I've been able to find.

There's also a nice description of Ryan's cover:

I’m not sure why Adams decided to play this like Radiohead, but that’s exactly what it sounds like. He’s singing like Thom Yorke and playing guitar like Jonny Greenwood. And it’s freakin’ amazing. When he sings out “Like a foooooooooooool” at 2:18, it reminds me a bit of “Fake Plastic Trees”.

He plays it a bit faster and a lot more Radiohead-esque than the original, and I have no problem with that. As much as I love tha Chunk, this cover is better than the original. By miles. What Superchunk has in energy, Adams has multifold in skill. All his personal peccadilloes notwithstanding, he’s highly skilled at singing and playing the guitar.