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

Broccoli For Miles And Miles And Miles And Miles And Miles ... Oh Yeah!

Broccoli For Miles
And Miles And Miles
And Miles And Miles …
Oh Yeah!

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
VOTE, COMMENT, then KEEP ON KEEPING ON
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

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.

Tune du Jour: “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: R.E.M. vs. John Otway vs. Snuff
VOTE, COMMENT, then GO ON , GO
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And In My Hour of Need, I Truly Am Indeed, Alone Again, Broccoli ...

And In My Hour of Need,
I Truly Am Indeed,
Alone Again, Broccoli …

For every music-lover there are a few inherently bad songs that they inexplicably enjoy. For many these guilty pleasures are kept well-hidden, never to be disclosed, lest the humiliation would be too much to bear. But I have no guilty pleasures, only pleasures. Or, as others who know me might put it, I simply know no shame. For example, I will now proclaim to the world (or at least the multitudes of CMI patrons) that I really like this song. I’ve liked it from the first time I heard it and it still brings me a smile hearing it today. Gloria throws it down as if she’s in the midst of a real-time heated encounter. But who can blame her when some no-good cad returns from outer space to taunt her anew. You tell ’em Gloria!

 

The Original

 

Gloria Gaynor:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

R.E.M. vs. John Otway vs. Snuff
R.E.M.:

John Otway:

Sadly, the audio is poor on this particular clip. Yet it is well worth a viewing just to sample some of Otway’s maniacal genius at its best.

Snuff:

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.

Tune du Jour: “The One I Love” – R.E.M.
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Bush vs. Heroina vs. Pickin’ On Players
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Broccoli is Free in Europe …

 

 

The Original

 

R.E.M.:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Bush vs. Heroina vs. Pickin’ On Players
Bush:

Heroina:

Pickin’ On Players:

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.

Tune du Jour: “Getting” – The Beatles
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Fionn Regan vs. Ultrasound vs. The Wedding Present
VOTE, COMMENT, then LET IT BE
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Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

 

 

 

The Original

 

The Beatles:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Fionn Regan vs. Ultrasound vs. The Wedding Present
Fionn Regan:

Ultrasound:

The Wedding Present with Amelia Fletcher:

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.

Tune du Jour: “All of You Fascists Bound to Lose” – Woody Guthrie
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Bad Movies vs. The Deadly Gentlemen vs. Rude & The Lickshots
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California is a garden of Eden, A paradise to live in or see. But believe it or not, You won't find it so hot, If you ain't got the broccoli

California is a garden of Eden,
A paradise to live in or see.
But believe it or not,
You won’t find it so hot,
If you ain’t got the broccoli

During the spring of 1995, Woody Guthrie’s daughter Nora contacted British urban folk troubadour Billy Bragg about writing music for a selection of completed Guthrie lyrics. This was no minor task – Guthrie left behind over a thousand sets of complete lyrics written between 1939 and 1967 that had no music other than a vague stylistic notation. Bragg chose a number of songs to finish, as did Jeff Tweedy of the alt-country band Wilco (often with bandmate Jay Bennett). Nora impressed a common goal upon them: Rather than recreating Guthrie tunes, they should write as if they were collaborating with Woody, creating new, vital music for the lyrics. Both artists completed more songs than could fit on Mermaid Avenue, which is neatly split between Bragg and Wilco, with Bragg taking lead on eight of the 15 songs. (Stephen Thomas Erlewine – AllMusic)

As stated, Bragg and Tweedy completed more songs than they could fit on Mermaid Avenue, released in June 1998 to very favorable reviews and public acceptance. Thus, a sequel, Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2, was released in May 2000. All You Fascists was included on the Vol. 2 release (the title of the song was shortened on the album).

It’s actually odd that All You Fascists was included in the project. Woody not only put music to the lyrics but also released a recording of it on a radio broadcast in 1944. I suspect Bragg just could not help himself from recording his own version.

 

The Original

 

Woody Guthrie with Alan Lomax and Sonny Terry:

Unfortunately a very timely song. Then again, sadly, at what time in history would it not have been? 

 

The Mermaid Avenue Version

 

Billy Bragg & Wilco:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Bad Movies vs. The Deadly Gentlemen vs. Rude & The Lickshots
Bad Movies:

The Deadly Gentlemen:

Rude & The Lickshots:

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.

Tune du Jour: “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Cyndi Lauper vs. Playing for Change vs. Paul Weller with Lena Fiagbe
VOTE, COMMENT, then DIVERSIFY YOUR RISK
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So Where Are the Strong, And Who Are the Trusted, And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!

So Where Are the Strong,
And Who Are the Trusted,
And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!

 

 

 

The Original

 

Marvin Gaye:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Cyndi Lauper vs. Playing for Change vs. Paul Weller with Lena Fiagbe
Cyndi Lauper:

Playing for Change:

Louis Mhlanga; James Gadson & Leo Batera; Clarence Bekker; Paulo Heman; Titi Tsira; Sean “POW” Diedrick; Bobby Broom & Matt Thompson; Vasti Jackson; Jim Palmer; Jorge Luiz Germano; Novi Sad String Trio; Cecile Girard; Sara Bareilles; and D Chandrajit.

Paul Weller with Lena Fiagbe:

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.