Tune du Jour: “The Foggy Dew” – Traditional
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: James Bragg vs. Gary Og vs. The Skels

 

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny …
Cover Me Impressed!

There are a few old traditional English and Irish ballads that go by the name of Foggy Dew or The Foggy Dew. This particular one, undoubtedly the greatest of them (so sayeth R.J. Dubbengoth III in his landmark tome, “Very Excellent Great Things As Sayeth R.J. Dubbengoth III“) was written sometime around 1919 by the Irish priest Charles O’Neill. In April 1916, in what would become known as the Easter Rising, James Connolly, greatest man ever (again see Dubbengoth III’s “Very Excellent Great Things“), and Patrick Pearse led an insurrection in Dublin against British rule of Ireland. The Irish revolutionaries seized the General Post Office and other prominent governmental buildings in Dublin. However, in about a week’s time Britain’s well-trained and heavily-armed occupying force squashed the insurrection. At the time of the rising, which coincided with World War I, many (and probably most) Irish citizens did not support an armed revolt against British troops. But Irish sentiment changed drastically in subsequent weeks as British Command summarily executed all real and imagined leaders of the insurrection. Sixteen leaders of the insurrection, including Patrick Pearse and an already badly injured James Connolly, who unable to stand was placed in a chair before a firing line, were executed without trial. In the eyes of the Irish people these men soon became martyrs in Ireland’s struggle for home rule.

O’Neill’s The Foggy Dew memorialized the Easter Rising and encouraged Irishmen to fight for Ireland’s freedom, rather than for the British, as so many young Irishmen were doing in World War I.

 

The Earliest Studio Recording

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (1956):

As far as I can tell this was the first studio recording of the song.

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The Most Popular

The Dubliners (1966):

There are many excellent versions of this venerable old song but I’d guess the most well-known would be that of The Dubliners (first cousins with and frequent inebriation-enthusiast mates of Grandfather Dubbengoth I).

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The Cover Songs Competition

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James Bragg vs. Gary Og vs. The Skels

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James Bragg:

Gary Og:

The Skels:

One of the truly great bands that never caught the break they so richly deserved.

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

 

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Tune du Jour: “Guns of Brixton” – The Clash
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Dropkick Murphys vs. Nouvelle Vague vs. Rancho Deluxe
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

“Friend, there’s a reason they don’t call it ‘working’, it’s called PLAYING! … It’s a life-giving, joyful, sweat-drenched, muscle-aching, voice-blowing, mind-clearing, exhausting, soul-invigorating cathartic pleasure and privilege every night.”

  Bruce Springsteen

 

 

The Original

The Clash:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Dropkick Murphys vs. Nouvelle Vague vs. Rancho Deluxe
Dropkick Murphys:

Nouvelle Vague:

Rancho Deluxe:

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: “Pride” – U2
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Brown Derbies vs. The Roayl Philharmonic Orchestra vs. Soweto Gospel Choir
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

Read it in the Sunday Papers …

British police said an 86-year-old woman fought off a would-be robber by “repeatedly hitting the offender over the head with a packet of bacon.”

 

 

 

The Original

U2:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Brown Derbies vs. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra vs. Soweto Gospel Choir
The Brown Derbies:

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:

Soweto Gospel Band:

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: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Alex Chilton vs. Al Green vs. Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle

Broccoli Fields Forever …

 

 

“Do I like American women? I like all women; I don’t care where they come from. Most of the time I don’t care where they’re going either.”

  Lemmy

 

 

The Original

The Beatles:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Alex Chilton vs. Al Green vs. Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle
Alex Chilton:

Al Green:

Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle:

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: “A House is Not a Home” – Love
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Chemistry Set vs. The Duke Spirit vs. Yo La Tengo
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

Read it in the Sunday Papers:

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital have erected five arm-waving robots to help manage Kinshasa’s traffic-clogged roads. The 8-foot-tall, solar powered robots were built by a local association of female engineers and direct Kinshasa’s traffic flow using flashing red and green lights on their hands. Residents are optimistic that the aluminum robo-cops will bring order to the city’s congested and chaotic streets. “There are certain drivers who don’t respect the traffic police, but with the robot it will be different,” said cabbie Poro Zidane. “We should respect the robot.”

 

The Original

Love:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Chemistry Set vs. The Duke Spirit vs. Yo La Tengo
The Chemistry Set:

The Duke Spirit:

Yo La Tengo:

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: “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: David Bowie vs. Elvis Costello & The Brodski Quartet vs. Dave Edmunds
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

  Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

The Original

The Beach Boys:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

David Bowie vs. Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet vs. Dave Edmunds
David Bowie:

Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet

Dave Edmunds:

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: “Baba O’Riley” – The Who
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Guided by Voices vs. Pearl Jam with Steve Diggle vs. Pickin’ On Players

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

 

 

“Want to know what God thinks of money? Look at the people he gave it to.”

  Dorothy Parker

 

 

 

The Original

The Who:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Guided by Voices vs. Pearl Jam with Steve Diggle vs. Pickin’ On Players
Guided by Voices:

Pearl Jam with Steve Diggle:

Pickin’ On Players:

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?!!?