Archive for November, 2013

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If you have yet to vote on theMove On Up” competition (i.e. November 24th post) between Mark Eitzel and The Jam then please do. They are currently deadlocked with voting scheduled to end tomorrow morning!

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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!

7-Day results of the competition between Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Des’ree and Me First & The Gimme Gimmes covering “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers ended in a tie.

However, THERE ARE NO TIES ON COVER ME IMPRESSED!

Hence, a 3-Day runoff to settle the issue. If the runoff should also end in a tie then I’ll be forced to contract a maiming of all musicians concerned (i.e. Bill Withers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Des’ree and Me First & The Gimme Gimmes) and at least one individual totally unrelated to the proceedings (probably Billy Joel), which may seem a bit harsh and arbitrary but, hell, something will have to be done …

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The Original

“Ain’t No Sunshine” is ranked 285th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1972.

Bill Withers:

Beautiful, beautiful song and if you don’t think so then ya better check your hearing …

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The Cover Songs Runoff

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Des’ree vs. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Des’ree:

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes:

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?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

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

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Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

In deference to the recent anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy I chose the greatest song John Lennon ever penned to launch Cover Me Impressed. Needless to say it is beyond disheartening that 42 years after this brilliant plea for peace was introduced it is as pertinent today as the day it was written.

The Original

Jimmy Cliff:

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The Cover Songs Competition

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Madness vs. Keith Richards

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Madness:

Keith Richards:

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?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

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

Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

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The Original

The Undertones:

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The Cover Songs Competition

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Carbona vs. Smudge

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Carbona:

Smudge:

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?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

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

"Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs." - Milton Friedbird

“Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs.” – Milton Friedbyrd

One of my favorite songs by The Kinks and featuring one of my favorite covers.

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The Original

The Kinks:

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The Cover Songs Competition

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Fountains of Wayne vs. Dar Williams

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Fountains of Wayne:

Simply terrific!

Dar Williams:

Another excellent version! This song seems to bring the best out of a musician.

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?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

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

Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

This song is perhaps as frightening as anything Nick Cave ever conjured up!

The Original

Cowboy Church Sunday School:

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The Most Famous

Pebbles & Bam-Bam (aka Rebecca Page & Ricky Page):

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The Cover Songs Competition

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Frente vs. Premier

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Frente:

Premier:

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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?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

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

Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

Delilah was a big hit when I was growing up. I remember having to endure it many a time on the radio. But until actually researching it a bit for the blog, I could not have told you anything pertaining to what it was about. Can you? Well it’s a real killer … literally. It’s about some character who, while approaching his woman’s house for an impromptu visit, spies her through the blinds cavorting about, if you know what I mean. In a rage he beats on her door (“Why, Oh Why, Delilah?), upon entering promptly slices her to ribbons and then begs for her forgiveness. Nice tune.

In searching an apt competitor for John Otway’s version it was interesting to find that virtually everyone who covered this song did so in mocking fashion. Other than Tom I don’t know that anyone took it seriously. Although, when your crooning about heinous atrocities how could you keep a straight face? Given the subject matter it is surprising and unfortunate that my man, Nick Cave, never added his special kind of magic to this number. However, I did come across a cover of Nick belting out, and I kid you not, I Just Stopped in To See What Condition My Condition Was In (but that’s for another post on another day).

The Original

Tom Jones:

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The Cover Songs Competition

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I found five or six excellent covers of Delilah. It was quite difficult choosing who would compete.

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Flogging Molly vs. John Otway

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Flogging Molly:

For reasons you’ll soon find out, Flogging Molly refers to their version as De (That’s All Right) Lilah:

John Otway:

Bit of a long intro but John can be a little verbose during live shows. But what can you do? The guy’s got a lot on his mind and thankfully he’s willing to share it!

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?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

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

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