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The Original

I was kinda always partial to Rhoda. Perhaps my parents should have sought help for me way back then.

Theme Song to the Mary Tyler Moore Show (Sonny Curtis):

And the Ensuing Made-for-Radio Release (Sonny Curtis):


The Cover Songs Competition

Rough and tumble match here between a couple of eccentric trailblazers.

Husker Du vs. Opal Foxx Quartet


Husker Du:

Minneapolis punkers made an obvious choice in covering Minny-based Mary Tyler Moore show.

Opal Foxx Quartet:

For those unfamiliar with this extraordinarily bizarre, creative, endearing, at times brilliant and at other times horrendous, ensemble, the ten-piece band was fronted by Atlanta-based instituion Benjamin Smoke, a proudly irreverent drag queen with a gruff voice (think Tom Waits on a really off night) and trenchant wit. What Benjamin lacked in talent was amply made up for by attitude.

Benjamin was a part of the underground Atlanta music scene from the early 1980’s through most of the 1990’s before succumbing to illnesses related to AIDS in 1999. Somewhere along the line Patti Smith caught his act, was duly impressed and two wound up becoming good friends. About a year after his death a rather interesting documentary (Benjamin Smoke) was released about Benjamin’s life and times.

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.



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.


  1. RDubbs says:

    Sorry, Bob, but I’m going with the “Paragon of Mental Health”.

  2. Pete Black says:

    That was a penetrating, almost voyeuristic peek into Opal Foxx. I’m glad such footage exists. But, my beloved Huskers own this song without even trying. Benjamin is interesting and intriguing but Bob Mould and Grant Hart are like Robin Yount and Paul Molitor.

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