Archive for May, 2016

Tune du Jour: “Sound of the Suburbs” – The Members
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Bad Shepherds vs. The Pelvis Douglas vs. The Vibrators
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

The Original

 

The Members:

The Original 1979 Single “Short” Version (3 min 12 sec):

 

The “Full Length” Version (3 Min 53 sec) Released in 2013:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Bad Shepherds vs. The Pelvis Douglas vs. The Vibrators
The Bad Shepherds:

The Pelvis Douglas:

The Vibrators:

SPACE

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.

Tune du Jour: “One Way Or Another” – Blondie
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Face to Face vs. SKAndalous All-Stars vs. Yellow Scab
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

The Original

 

Blondie:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Face to Face vs. SKAndalous All-Stars vs. Yellow Scab
Face to Face:

SKAndalous All-Stars:

Yellow Scab:

SPACE

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.

Tune du Jour: “Eight Miles High” – The Byrds
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Gli Astrali vs. Husker Du vs. The Moffs
VOTE, COMMENT, then CATCH THAT HORSE (IF YOU CAN)
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

Not one of my favorite offerings from The Byrds but, nonetheless, some solid covers.

 

 

The Original

 

The Byrds:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Gli Astrali vs. Husker Du vs. The Moffs
Gli Astrali:

“Vado Su In Alto”

Husker Du:

The Moffs:

SPACE

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.

Tune du Jour: “Here Comes My Baby” – Cat Stevens
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Smith vs. Bart Davenport with Joe Goldmark & The Seducers vs. Yo La Tengo
VOTE, COMMENT, then ROMP, ROMP, ROMP (UNTIL THEY REVOKE YOUR PAROLE)
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Here Comes My Bok Choy, Here She Comes Now …

 

Here Comes My Baby was written by Cat Stevens and appeared on his first album, Matthew and Son, which was released in 1967. Shortly thereafter The Tremeloes released a single of Here Comes My Baby. The Tremeloes’ version was a huge success, reaching No. 13 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart and No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.

 

The Original

 

Cat Stevens:

 

The Most Popular

 

The Tremeloes:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Smith vs. Bart Davenport with Joe Goldmark & The Seducers vs. Yo La Tengo
The Smith:

Bart Davenport with Joe Goldmark & The Seducers:

Amoeba Records. Nice!

Yo La Tengo:

SPACE

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.

Tune du Jour: “Temptation” – Tom Waits
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Bobs vs. Martynas vs. Southside Johnny & The La Bamba Big Band
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I’ve Been Made Blue, I’ve Been Lied To, When Will I Be Loved?

 

 

The Original

 

 

Tom Waits:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Bobs vs. Martynas vs. Southside Johnny & The La Bamba Big Band
The Bobs:

Martynas:

Southside Johnny & The La Bamba Big Band:

SPACE

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.

Tune du Jour: “Bertha” – Grateful Dead
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Incidental Animals vs. Los Lobos vs. The Persuasions
VOTE, COMMENT, then ROAM (IF YOU WANT TO)
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

The Original

Bertha:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Incidental Animals vs. Los Lobos vs. The Persuasions
Incidental Animals:

In the true spirit of the Dead, Incidental Animals’ version of Bertha drifts a bit on the long side. But it’s extremely well done. And if nothing else make sure to stick around long enough for the terrific trumpet solo.

Los Lobos:

The Persuasions:

SPACE

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.

Tune du Jour: “A Change Is Gonna Come” – Sam Cook
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Billy Bragg vs. Mike Farris & Roseland Rhythm Review vs. The Gits
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Sam Cooke wrote A Change Is Gonna Come in December 1963. Cooke’s previous work had been in gospel music and, later, soulful pop songs that were sentimental and, at times, satirical in nature. A Change Is Gonna Come was markedly different from anything Cooke had ever composed before. The song is defiant in nature, emphatic that a change for long-suffering African Americans “is gonna come”. Cooke wrote A Change Is Gonna Come in response to an ugly incident he endured in October 1963. Cooke and his band were touring the south and had reservations at a Holiday Inn in Shreveport, Louisiana. When they arrived they were told that no rooms were available; it was obvious that the hotel had rooms available but was a whites-only establishment, which was the real reason Cooke’s reservations would not be honored. Cooke was furious and let the manager know it. When Cooke drove off in search of another hotel, a police car followed and arrested him for disturbing the peace. Not surprisingly he was traumatized by the overtly racist treatment. Another inspiration in Cooke writing such a blunt song about racial inequality was his admiration for Bob Dylan’s masterpiece, Blowin’ In The Wind, which was released in August 1963. Cooke was captivated by the song’s frank admonishment of racism and was said to be a bit ashamed that a white man was speaking out for the black community while he had yet to make any statement at all. Indeed, Cooke told his producer, J.W. Alexander, that he hoped A Change Is Gonna Come would make his father proud. 

Everybody's Dressin' Funny ... Cover Me Impressed!

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny …
Cover Me Impressed!

Sam Cooke debuted A Change Is Gonna Come on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson on February 7, 1964. It would be the only time he ever performed the song. The musical accompaniment was complex and its essence foreboding and somewhat frightening. After hearing it on The Tonight Show, Cooke’s friend and protege, Bobby Womack, told him that the song sounded “like death.” Cooke responded, “Man, that’s kind of how it sounds like to me. That’s why I’m never going to play it in public.” Womack clarified his thoughts, that it wasn’t deathly, but rather “spooky,” but Cooke never performed the song again.

A Change Is Gonna Come was released on December 22, 1964. Tragically, under circumstances that to this day are still mysterious, Sam Cooke had been shot and killed on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. He was but 33 years of age at the time.

Though only a moderate success in terms of sales, A Change Is Gonna Come is widely recognized as Sam Cooke’s seminal work. Not surprisingly the song became a staple for the country’s rising civil rights movement.

The Original

Sam Cooke:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Billy Bragg vs. Mike Farris & Roseland Rhythm Review vs. The Gits
Billy Bragg:

Mike Farris & Roseland Rhythm Review:

The Gits:

SPACE

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.

Tune du Jour: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Joan Jett vs. Minutemen vs. The Ramones
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GREAT SONG! Along with Fortunate Son probably Creedence Clearwater Revival’s two greatest numbers (although I’ve also always had a soft spot for Someday Never Comes and Long as I Can See the Light as well). Have You Ever Seen the Rain  was written by John Fogerty and released as a single in 1971. It had originally appeared on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s album Pendulum, released in 1970. The song charted highest in Canada, reaching number one on the RPM 100 national album chart in March 1971. In the US, it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. And it reached number 36 on the UK’s Pop Singles Chart.

I'm Hooked On The Ceiling I'm High On Believing That You're In Love With Me

In My Hour of Need
I Truly Am Indeed
Alone Again, Broccoli …

Given the polarizing and contentious time in which Have You Ever Seen The Rain was written there has been much speculation as to the true meaning of the song. At the time the US was entangled in a seemingly endless unpopular war and the nation was struggling to make sense of the Kent State shootings. Not surprisingly, most music critics attributed the lyrics to the political and social turmoil of the day. Writing about the song, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Mark Denning of AllMusic surmised:

“In 1970, a time when the giddy possibilities of political and social change of the late ’60s had been put in check by the sobering realities of Altamont and Kent State and both rock & roll and the youth culture at large were beginning to move away from idealism and into the self-centered decadence of the ’70s, Fogerty was one of the few songwriters grounded enough to suggest the issues had not gone away, but that we had lost the courage and the vision to face up to them.”

Yet, interestingly, Fogerty has stated on more than one occasion that the song had nothing to do with political and societal issues. He contends that it was his lament of the turmoil taking place within the band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. At the time, despite having achieved fame and fortune, the members of the band were in a state of constant conflict with each other. It was particularly upsetting that his brother, Tom, was so dissatisfied that Fogerty felt sure he would soon leave the band. Fogerty’s perception turned out to be accurate. Not only did Tom leave, but the whole band split up the following year.

The Original

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Joan Jett vs. Minutemen vs. The Ramones
Joan Jett:

Minutemen:

The Ramones:

SPACE

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.

 

Tune du Jour: “Just Like Heaven” – The Cure
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Dinosaur Jr vs. Goldfinger vs. Seven Nations
VOTE, COMMENT, then TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT (ONE MORE TIME)
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

The Original

 

The Cure:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Dinosaur Jr vs. Goldfinger vs. Seven Nations
Dinosaur Jr:

Goldfinger:

Seven Nations:

SPACE

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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Tune du Jour: “I Love My Label” – Nick Lowe
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Groove Ltd Orchestra vs. Kodeine vs. Wilco
VOTE, COMMENT, then do Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run Away
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And In My Hour of Need, I Truly Am Indeed, Alone Again, Broccoli ...

And In My Hour of Need,
I Truly Am Indeed,
Alone Again, Broccoli …

 

 

The Original

 

 

Nick Lowe:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Groove Ltd Orchestra vs. Kodeine vs. Wilco
Groove Ltd Orchestra:

Kodeine:

There’s an interview leading up to the song. I Love My Label starts at about 2:10.

Wilco:

SPACE

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?!!? 

SPACE

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