Buffalo Springfield: “For What It’s Worth”

Posted: December 4, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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"Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs." - Milton Friedbyrd

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

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By far Stephen Stills’ greatest accomplishment. Come to think of it, probably Stills’ only real accomplishment. But at least it was a really good one …

The Original

Buffalo Springfield:

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The Cover Songs Competition

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Marc Carroll vs. Girl In A Coma

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Marc Carroll:

Interesting piano piece, hauntingly riffing “After The Gold Rush” in the background of the song.

Girl In A Coma:

For a girl supposedly in a coma, Nina Diaz can sure belt out a tune and kick out the jams!

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. Cuspid says:

    Wow. Carroll caught me in the perfect state of mind to listen to his excellent version. I think I like it better than the original. (And you’re right. I dooes sound a little like After the Goldrush.) .

  2. ileneonwords says:

    Timeless song, still great!!!!

  3. RDubbs says:

    I cannot choose between these two, at least not this morning. The interpretations could not be much more different but both are great for their genres. Carroll really captures the mood of the original yet adds enough to make it his own. And I love the raw intensity of Girl In A Coma’s version. GIAC are apparently protege’s of Joan Jett but many times during their version Nina Diaz reminded me more of Chrissie Hynde. I mentioned the muted tune of “After the Gold Rush” in the background of Carroll’s version. I just realized the few opening licks of GIAC’s version sound like they’re about to launch into “I Will Follow”, which for a cover song I suppose is quite apropos.

    Perhaps I should lobby Congress for a bill requiring all cover songs open with the first few licks of “I Will Follow”. Just might be the one important issue in this country that could garner bipartisan support.

  4. Arnie Plotnick says:

    Just goes to show that when you’ve got good material, it’s kinda hard to mess up a song. Two really GREAT cover versions here. Decisions, decisions. I’d have to go with Carroll. It’s a protest song, and you’d think Girl in a Coma’s blistering version would be better suited for the material, but what’s always made the song powerful is the intense visual imagery of the lyrics juxtaposed against the calmness of the music. And Carroll does that, but in his own nice style. Great stuff this morning, Dubbs.

  5. Pete Black says:

    I must be in an impatient mood tonight. I like the idea of doing the song with the slow, moody pace which Carroll adopts but I don’t like the singing at all and it just got boring for me. I prefer Girl In A Coma’s stomping, feral rant. At first I thought I was watching a Concrete Blonde cover band but then it sank in. Me like.

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