The Velvet Underground: “All Tomorrow’s Parties”

Posted: February 10, 2016 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “All Tomorrow’s Parties” – The Velvet Underground
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Buffalo Tom vs. The Special Agents vs. June Tabor & the Oysterband
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The Velvet Underground:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Buffalo Tom vs. The Special Agents vs. June Tabor & the Oysterband


Buffalo Tom:

The Special Agents:

June Tabor & the Oysterband:


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?!!? 


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


  1. Arnold Plotnick says:

    This is probably my second favorite song by one of my all time favorite bands. I have the Buffalo Tom version on a compilation and I’ve always thought it was a great cover. I figured it would be the best version on here, but wow, the June Tabor version was terrific. I must say, I was totally surprised by how much I liked the Special Agents’ version. This is not a song that would typically lend itself to being surf-ified, but it works. Three cool versions of one of my favorite tunes. Good way to start the day.

  2. Cuspid says:

    I think all three covers are well done. But I also think this song sounds much better played fast than slow. So as far as I’m concerned The Special Agents take this one going away.

  3. RDubbs says:

    Interesting. I always listen to all the covers and place my vote before reading any comments. I would have bet that Plotty and Cuspid would dislike The Special Agents’ surf interpretation. But all covers passed muster with the G-ville Two. Nice!

    The Special Agents’ interpretation is very creative and entertaining. But for a song of such such sober content a surf rendition, while enjoyable, cannot take the day. Buffalo Tom’s version is certainly admirable. But JT & the Oysters get my vote. They deliver an atmosphere and mood that is dead-on to the original. Plus I think maybe Kerry will like me more for voting for June.

  4. Kerry Black says:

    I’ll vote for June Tabor as my constituents expect.

    When you read the story of Nico being inflicted on The Velvets against their will, at Andy’s insistence, there’s all the ingredients for a huge disaster. Here was this gorgeous German model, with cheekbones to die for, who sang in a monotone and couldn’t play any instruments. Yet, for me, the occasional Nico vocal works brilliantly in the context of that seminal “banana album”. File that under “happy accidents”. Her biopic “Nico Icon” is worth watching.

  5. Pete Black says:

    Wow! A really good one. I love the original, which I don’t think I have ever heard bettered. I don’t know The Special Agents but I could only love their song better if it was an original since I believe this song needs to be sung. It’s not just a melody . It is a song. I love June Tabor’s voice and also The Oyster Band and their collaboration but I think this version lost steam in the middle and did not fully regain it. Going with Buffalo Tom. They sound more prog rock or psych influenced here. Have always liked them and thought of them as kind of Dinosaur Jr lite or singer/songwriter Du. Either band without as much edge of chaos or feedback buzz. All three were good though.

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