Archive for January, 2016

Tune du Jour: “Viva Las Vegas” – Elvis Presley
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Dead Kennedys vs. Bruce Springsteen vs. The Swing Cats with Johnny Ramone
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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!

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The Original

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Elvis Presley:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Dead Kennedys vs. Bruce Springsteen vs. The Swing Cats with Johnny Ramone

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Dead Kennedys:

Bruce Springsteen:

Swing Cats with Johnny Ramone:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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

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Unrelated But Not Without Ample Merit

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Won’t You Listen to What the Man Says?e)

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”   Author Terry Pratchett as quoted in the Montreal Gazette

 

 

Tune du Jour: “Are You Experienced” – Jimi Hendrix
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Patti Smith vs. The Mock Turtles
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

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The Original

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Jimi Hendrix:

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Interesting Live Version

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Patti Smith vs. The Mock Turtles

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Patti Smith:

The Mock Turtles:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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

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Blog Service Announcement

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Friends-Of-the-Blog, The Black River Republic have released their 2nd album, For Distant Viewing. For us cover song aficionado’s, the album includes a version of Nina Simone’s Revolution.

http://blackriverrepublic.bandcamp.com/album/for-distant-viewing

BRR is a rock band from metro New York that has an eclectic, contagious sound. You may remember the band’s guitarist Bill Hafener from his breakneck-jammin’ days with cult-favorite band, The Skels.  BBR‘s excellent, energetic cover of Woody Guthrie’s Deportee appeared on CMI’s March 25, 2015 blog.

https://covermeimpressed.com/2015/03/25/woody-guthrie-martin-hoffman-deportee-plane-wreck-at-los-gatos/

 

 

Tune du Jour: “Friday On My Mind” – The Easy Beats
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: David Bowie vs. The Space Negros vs. Richard Thompson
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I’m Gonna Have Fun in the City, Me And My Girl And Mr. Broccoli

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What a great song! One of my favorites from the ’60s, a decade that produced an incredible amount of marvelous tunes. Seems every band with a modicum of aesthetic awareness has covered this gem at one time or another. If not recorded and cataloged then at the least live or in practice. Yet, through all its covers, weak and strong, I’ve yet to hear one that exceeds The Easy Beat’s original take.

The Original

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The Easy Beats:

And check out this great live version. Notice they’re wearing the same natty attire as on the cover of the 45. Why wouldn’t they I suppose?

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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David Bowie vs. The Space Negros vs Richard Thompson

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David Bowie:

The Space Negros:

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Richard Thompson with Judith Owen & Debra Dobkin:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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

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Unrelated But Not Without Ample Merit

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It’s Murder by Numbers…

A plurality of Democrats, 39%, say John Lennon is their favorite Beatle. Just 15% of Republicans agree. 49% of Republicans name Paul McCartney as their favorite.   (Public Policy Polling)

There’s plenty to be read between the lines in this polling. Just saying …

 

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Tune du Jour: “Little Red Corvette” – Prince
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Gear Daddies vs. Sarah Bettens
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I was working part time in a five-and-dime, My boss was Mr. Broccoli

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The Original

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Prince:

Apparently Prince does not allow his songs to be played on YouTube anymore. I tell ya, ever since that guy became a symbol he’s become miserable to deal with! Anyway, if you’ve got an uncontrollable hankering to hear his version of Little Red Corvette then you can try this link:

http://vl.mccont.com/ItemFiles/%5BFrom%20www.metacafe.com%5D%2010777115.28133834.4.mp4?__gda__=1453779494_58bf2ce858654509d9d4bd3b134e21df&

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Gear Daddies vs. Sarah Bettens

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Gear Daddies:

Loved these guys. Really, really loved them. And how did they repay me? By breaking up without as much as a word to me. And I really, really loved them 😦 

Sarah Bettens:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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

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Tune du Jour: “Love in Song” – Paul McCartney
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Big Fish Ensemble vs. The Judybats
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

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The Original

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Paul McCartney:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Big Fish Ensemble vs. The Judybats

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Big Fish Ensemble:

The Judybats:

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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

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Unrelated But Not Without Ample Merit

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So What’s Been Spinning on R Dubbs’ Stereo Lately …
Just for You, Here’s a Dubbs Song!

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“Shivers” – Rowland S Howard:

Beautifully haunting song by Australian underground legend, Rowland S. Howard. Howard wrote Shivers when he was only 16. It later became the only single off of The Birthday Party‘s debut album, Door, Door. Shivers later appeared in an Australian independently released film, Dogs In Space, which is centered around a fictitious punk band’s demise amid abundant drug use and dysfunctional lifestyles. Shivers is a classic post-punk ballad and one of Australia’s most enduring cult hits.

Tune du Jour: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: David Byrne vs. Alvin & The Chipmonks
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

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The Original

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Whitney Houston:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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David Byrne vs. Alvin & The Chipmonks

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David Byrne:

Alvin & The Chipmonks (with significant input from The Chipettes):

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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

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Unrelated But Not Without Ample Merit

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You Can Read All About it in the Sunday Papers:

Flying is so much fun! Les Price, a 518-pound Brit, was recently forced to pay for two airplane seats to account for his extra heft, only to discover upon boarding the plane that the seats were not side-by-side! “One was in row 17 and the other in row 19,” said Mr. Price, 43. Nice!