It definitely wasn't Lemonheads singer Evan Dando's idea to put a cover of Christina Aguilera's Beautiful on Varshons, the band's new CD collection of cover songs.
He doesn't even like the hit ballad.
"I love her singing, but I think the song is overwrought," Dando says. "And there's something about the piano in the middle. I prefer some of her other stuff."
Why bother putting a song on Varshons that he wasn't sold on?
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"They made us put one song on there that people had heard of," he says.
Indeed, although Varshons is a covers collection, it might take a music know-it-all to identify some of the source material.
The set includes Yesterlove by Sam Gopal, Layin' Up With Linda by GG Allin, Dirty Robot by Arling and Cameron, Waiting Around to Die by Townes Van Zandt, Fragile by Wire, and Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye by Leonard Cohen.
Dando's friend Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers produced the CD and picked most of the music for Varshons.
Dando says he selected only four of the songs, including I Just Can't Take It Anymore by Gram Parsons, and the Van Zandt and Cohen songs.
"I didn't want to do songs I revered too much, and I didn't want to do favorite songs, except for maybe Fragile, which is a favorite," Dando says.
The most challenging song for Dando to tackle was Yesterlove.
"It has long run-on sentences, and it's a tough vocal," he says.
Dando says it had never occurred to him to focus on covers.
"I hadn't been pining away to do this," he says. "But then I thought, why not get it all out of my system at one time? It was the right set of circumstances."
Those circumstances included having fun and having Haynes as producer.
Dando, flip-flopping between the Lemonheads and his solo work, says that when he makes music, it doesn't matter to him what it's called.
"If it's loud and rocking, I call it the Lemonheads," he says. "If it's stripped and stark, I'll call it a solo record. I like having two careers. It's kind of fun."
Although his latest is a Lemonheads record, he's doing a solo tour.
"I enjoy doing the solo tours," he says. "Lots of times I'll play like 35 songs. I really get into it, and I like playing by myself. There's no one else to blame for anything, and I push myself harder.
"I love being in a rock band too, but I always love doing my own thing. I'm not difficult. I'm going to play the stuff people want to hear."