Tune du Jour: “Imagine” – John Lennon
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Eddie Vedder vs. Neil Young
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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


Gadzooks! It has been exactly one year today since my last post. Due to family flapdoodles too numerous to count, as well as general malaise, I apostatized from my righteous charge of disseminating Cover Tunes. But I’ve recently awakened and recommitted myself to spreading the felicity that is reprocessed tunage. So from this day forward – and for at least a week or two more – Cover Me Impressed will rise from the slag heap of long-defunct blogs! With its second-coming there will be some subtle changes. For one, CMI will no longer offer a daily CLASH of Cover Tunes. The plan is to publish three, maybe four, CLASHes per week. Also the voting period will be significantly increased from the one week time frame used in the past to 3 months. And lastly, from hereon out, any visitors that do not vote will be haunted over the next three nights (as the last stroke of twelve has ceased to vibrate, to be exact) by three spirits. And I’m here to tell ya, entertaining the Ghost of Cover Songs Yet To Come is by no means a joyous occasion. That is one tedious specter! And believe me, he will bore you to tears right through to the daylight hours with his insipid tales of self-important minutia!!


CMI’s inaugural blog and CLASH of Cover Tunes pitted two venerable old codgers – David Bowie and Neil Young – crooning their covers of John Lennon’s immortal masterpiece Imagine. Neil won that bout with 84% of the vote. For the sake of symmetry (and the fact that it is Doug Zaner’s favorite John Lennon song) we’ll reintroduce the blog with Neil defending his rendition of Imagine versus Eddie Vedder’s contribution.


The Original

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Vedder vs. Young


Young holds the distinction of being CMI’s Reigning Exultant Virtuosic Performer of “Imagine“. Additionally, Young is a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Bi Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold orange!

Young’s triumphal exploits in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competitions are detailed below:

10/18/2013 – “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” (Bob Dylan) – Neil Young with Booker T & The MGs (100%) throttle Robyn Hitchcock (00%)

9/27/2013 – “Imagine” (John Lennon) – Neil Young (84%) wallops David Bowie (16%)

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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Votes can be cast up to three months from the day of the original post.

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

  1. RDubbs says:

    Nice sentiment and delivery, Ed, but Neil’s got this one taken care of.

  2. kris rouse says:

    we have been waiting for a bout a year for this…finally…..yes…..it was a group vote….Kris and family

  3. Cuspid says:

    I think I liked Vedder’s version a bit better only because of the lone acoustic guitar. It was a nice twist on such an emotive song.

    By the way, Duns, can you remind us how to officially vote in these things. It’s been so long I forgot how. Thanks.

    • RDubbs says:

      Well, I’m hesitant to tell you how if you plan on voting against almighty Neil Young. But since Neil’s currently thrashing Mr. Vedder in this obvious mismatch I will shake my head in consternation and acquiesce:

      Click on the bubble to the left of Ed and hit vote.

      Oh yeah, and don’t ever call me Duns again.

  4. Cuspid says:

    Sorry Dubbs. Somebody switched the ‘n’ and the ‘b’ on my keyboard! But I got it fixed now.

  5. Cuspid says:

    By the way – Since when is ‘Imagine’ my favorite John Lennon song?

    • RDubbs says:

      In CMI’s inaugural post I referred to Imagine as “the greatest song John Lennon ever penned” to which you made the preposterous comment “Even after watching both cover videos, upper-most in my mind was RDubbs’ assertion that Imagine is ‘the greatest song John Lennon ever penned’. Don’t get me wrong; I like the song for sure. But there must be at least 2 or 3 dozen other Lennon songs I like better.”

      I could not resist poking at ya on this latest go-around of Lennon’s most poignant work.

  6. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Switched the keys, Doug? Yikes!. That cab lead to all sorts of bob-sebsical ibterpretatiobs.

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