The Beatles: “Day Tripper”

Posted: April 29, 2016 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Day Tripper” – The Beatles
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Nancy Sinatra vs. Swingle Singers vs. Mae West
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The Beatles:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Nancy Sinatra vs. Swingle Singers vs. Mae West
Nancy Sinatra:

Swingle Singers:

Mae West:


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:

    Sheesh! Three wacky versions of this esteemed Beatles song. Without the video, the Nancy Sinatra song is just a bland cover. The video certainly ups the kitsch factor, but I’m wondering what song she’s really singing in the video, because it sure ain’t Day Tripper. Wish I could lip read. The Mae West version was just flat-out bizarre. I wonder what in the world would inspire someone to buy this album. Who deliberately wants to hear Mae West sing Day Tripper? The abrupt shift to a blues tempo for a few bars toward the end of the song was unexpectedly creative, as was the garage-y sounding guitar. It’s pretty hilarious to hear Mae cooing “oooh, day tripper” in her seductive voice during the fade out. But I’m giving this one to the Swingle Sisters for talent and originality. A charming version.

  2. RDubbs says:

    Three worthy covers of The Beatles’ venerable classic. It’s close but I’ve got to go with Nancy Sinatra primarily due to the phenomenal dance team she put together, which should be an integral part of any quality music video.

  3. Kerry Black says:

    Nancy Sinatra wins this competition, helped along by the video with those amazing dancers. What a time capsule! Hard to imagine that wasn’t meant for laughs.

    I’ve never seen Nancy look better. Nice looking Sicilian girl like her should have played to her strengths and never tried to go blond.

  4. Pete Black says:

    Man, people were fuzzy in the mid sixties. What year did they invent focus? The A cappella version fell short for me but I was very surprised by Mae West’s version. It starts out a bit weak but soon it has personality, then the fuzz guitar breakdown with encouraging coos takes the weirdness level up sharply and we finish with a cheesy biscuit and grins abound.

  5. bornunderabadsign says:

    The mix of of musical styles in Mae West’s version is a gas!

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