XTC: “Only Making Plans for Nigel”

Posted: December 2, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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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

XTC:

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The Cover Songs Competition

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Franzi vs. Nouvelle Vague

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Franzi:

Der Eiserne Vorhang (aka Making Plans for Nigel):

Nouvelle Vague:

Nouvelle Vague means “new wave” in English and “bossa nova” in Portuguese. The band was the brainchild of producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, the concept being to remake classic new wave singles with a Brazilian pop twist. To add an unusual edge to the project, Collin and Libaux recruited French and Brazilian vocalists who were unfamiliar with the original versions of songs. The resulting songs were generally very interesting and, at times, excellent interpretations of the original material.

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.

Comments
  1. Arnie Plotnick says:

    I love Nouvelle Vague. I recently downloaded their entire catalog. I like these cocktail-ized versions of familiar songs, some of which you’d never imagine could even be cocktail-ized. I give this version the thumbs up.

  2. RDubbs says:

    Two excellent covers.Very difficult decision. When in doubt remain Vague …

  3. Pete Black says:

    Nothing like the sexy detached coo of the french. Just makes me want to douse her in sweet vermouth then hurl a lit clove cigarette.

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