Five "Fade Into You" Alternatives

Hope Sandoval, former chanteuse of '90s dream-pop faves Mazzy Star visits Sixth and I Historic Synagogue tonight. (Hopefully things will run a bit more smoothly than her recent New York show.) Mazzy's defining song was "Fade Into You," which certainly ranks high in the pantheon of sultry, mid-'90s makeout songs. But sometimes it gets almost a little too too much credit as the definitive song of its type. And if there are two things I love, it's the mid-'90s makin' out. So here I offer five songs that could neatly fit next to "Fade Into You" on that dimly lit play list.

"Honeycomb" - Helium

Mary Timony is still making great tunes (in D.C., no less), but her best ever is this woozy, seductive siren song from her band's 1995 masterpiece, "The Dirt of Luck."

(Junkies do Velvets, Portishead and more, after the jump.)

"Sweet Jane" - Cowboy Junkies

There's no point in doing a straight-ahead cover of one of the greatest songs ever. So the Junkies turned it into a whispery dirge that helps the song work on another level.

"Glory Box" - Portishead

"Sour Times" was the trip-hop group's breakout hit from debut album "Dummy," but the album closer is the one that invites the most swaying and ... whatever come next.

"Colors and the Kids" - Cat Power

Perhaps it's a little too desolate and depressing to work as makeout music, but hey, sometimes it's a depressing exercise.

"Dragon Lady" - Geraldine Fibbers

This is the definite outsider pick, as anything Fibbers singer Carla Bozulich is involved in promises to be somewhat sinister, but the change-up from inviting to foreboding is what makes it so compelling.

By David Malitz |  October 14, 2009; 3:40 PM ET Lists
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The Cowboy Junkies' version of Sweet Jane is excellent - but it's more or less a straight cover of the 1969 Live version by the Velvets. The "other level" effect had already been achieved by Lou Reed & co.

Posted by: Miles_Standish_Proud | October 14, 2009 4:27 PM

The Junkies are also here tonight, at Wolf Trap.

Posted by: Hemisphire | October 14, 2009 5:08 PM

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