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“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Fredrich Nietzsche

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.” – Confucius

“Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” – Tom Waits

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac

“I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy myself, but I didn’t.” – Woody Allen

“Goodbye is too good a word. So I’ll just say fairly well.” – Bob Dylan

“I came. I saw. I left.” – RDubbs

“This is the end …” – Jim Morrison

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Tune du Jour: “Fly The Flag” – Stiff Little Fingers
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Mauri Clash City Rocker vs. Squeezer vs. Uncle Bard & the Dirty Bastards
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“Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.”

  Harvard economist, Henry Rosovsky

 

 

 

The Original

 

Stiff Little Fingers:

 

Archival Footage

Nobody’s Heroes:

Just one of the multitude of tribute bands memorializing South Florida’s early-80’s brilliant, genre-busting band, Nobody’s Heroes.

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Mauri Clash City Rocker vs. Squeezer vs. Uncle Bard & the Dirty Bastards
Mauri Clash City Rocker:

Squeezer:

Uncle Bard & the Dirty Little Bastards:

SPACE

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

 

Tune du Jour: “Road to Nowhere” – Talking Heads
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Dark Horses vs. Release the Sunbird vs. SixNationState
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“Lying is second nature to him. More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, sort of true, or at least ought to be true. It’s impossible to keep him focused on any topic. I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”

  Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of Trump’s “Art of the Deal”

 

The Original

Talking Heads:

 

Nice Live Version

 

David Byrne and St. Vincent:

Check out this high-precision choreography!

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Dark Horses vs. Release the Sunbird vs. SixNationState
Dark Horses:

Release the Sunbird:

SixNationState:

SPACE

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

 

Tune du Jour: “Helpless” – crosby, stills, nash & Young
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Nick Cave vs. Patti Smith vs. Eddie Vedder & Eliza Jane Barnes
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“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

  Aldous Huxley

 

 

 

The Original

 

crosby, stills, nash & Young:

 

The Last Waltz

 

Very nice rendition by Neil, Joni Mitchell and The Band. I’ve always wondered why Neil never recorded with Joni. They’re old buddies and her voice works well with his signature falsetto.

Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Band:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Nick Cave vs. Patti Smith vs. Eddie Vedder & Eliza Jane Barnes
Nick Cave:

Patti Smith:

Eddie Vedder & Eliza Jane Barnes:

SPACE

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

Tune du Jour: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Discount vs. Sugarland vs. The Suicide Machines
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“We urge Americans to be mindful of their leading role and international responsibilities as a great country and a great democracy when they go into the voting booths. Your mistake might spell a global disaster. There is no substitute for America as a pillar of world stability, and no one to contain an American Duce. Suddenly, browsing the world map, I recognize possible contours of the scenario described by George Orwell in the prophetic book he called simply 1984: three autocratic powers dominating the international landscape, each seized by fear, bigotry, and nationalism and controlled by the one and only strong leader or a politburo. Did Orwell simply make a 32-year mistake in timing?”

  Former Russian Minister Andrei Kozyrev

 

The Original

 

R.E.M.:

 

40 Watt Revival

 

Considering Stipe, Buck and Mills are somewhere on the crowded stage, this version of “It’s the End of the World …” is precluded from CMI competition. However, since I’ve enjoyed 5-8 many, many times over the past couple of decades and love the spectacle of so many Athens/Atlanta musicians on stage yucking it up with Athens Royalty, well, this gem from the past well deserves a seat at the table.

 

Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, 5-8, Patterson Hood, Clay Leverett, Bain Mattox, Amanda Kapousouz, Vanessa Hay and a veritable basket of other adorables:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Discount vs. Sugarland with Matt Nathanson & Little Big Town vs. The Suicide Machines
Discount:

Sugarland with Matt Nathanson & Little Big Town:

The Suicide Machines:

SPACE

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

 

Pots-Pourris du Jour: “Pink Elephants on Parade / Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” – (Music from Vintage Disney Films) / “(I’m Not) Your Steppin’ Stone / Hit the Road Jack” – (Paul Revere & The Raiders / Ray Charles) / “Mendocino / Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – (Sir Douglas Quartet / Burt Bacharach)
THE CLASH of Cover Medleys: Sun Ra & His Arkestra and Harry Nilsson vs. Johnny Thunders & The Oddballs vs. Yo La Tengo
(With Apologies to Medleyophobics)
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Official Cover Me Impressed Medley Definitions:

 

For our purposes we will rely on medley standards as outlined at the 2012 Institute of Chartered Music Listeners Music-Medley Symposium, which identified and defined the following categories of

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Music Medleys:

The Meager-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from two independent songs.

The Mini-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from three independent songs.

The Medial-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from four independent songs.

The Mega-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from five or more independent songs.

 

THE CLASH of Cover Medleys

 

Sun Ra & His Arkestra and Harry Nilsson vs. Johnny Thunders & The Oddballs vs. Yo La Tengo
Sun Ra & His Arkestra and Harry Nilsson:
“Elephants on Parade” (Disney Films: Dumbo) / “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (Disney Films: Song of the South)

Johnny Thunders & The Oddballs:
“(I’m Not) Your Steppin’ Stone” (Paul Revere & The Raiders) / “Hit the Road Jack” (Ray Chares)

Yo La Tengo:

Beginning in 1996, Yo La Tengo supported the fundraising efforts of New York’s world-renowned independent radio outlet WFMU with annual studio visits. All listeners who pledged money during the band’s appearances were offered the chance to request a favorite song that YLT would then attempt to perform; no rehearsals, no advance word of what the requests might be, just plug it in and kick it out. The spontaneous element is impressive and, at times, hysterical.

“Mendocino” (Sir Douglas Quartet) / “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (Burt Bacharach) 

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which medley of cover songs prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!?

 

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Tune du Jour: “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” – Neil Young
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Nils Lofgren vs. Jessica Manning vs. Psychic TV
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Note: My family is currently facing some challenges. We’ll be okay but we’ve got some things to work through. I enjoy doing these posts but they can be time consuming and I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep it up. We’ll see but I may have to shut it down for a time.

 

The Original

 

Neil Young:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Nils Lofgren vs. Jessica Manning vs. Psychic TV
Nils Lofgren:

Jessica Manning:

Psychic TV:

SPACE

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

 

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.