Tune du Jour: “I’m a Little Bit Country, I’m a Little Bit Rock & Roll” – Donny & Marie Osmond
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Bill Funt, Carey Farrell & Steve Della Maggoria vs. John Wesley Harding & Kelly Hogan vs. An Unidentified Cockatiel
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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 …

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll” is one of those songs that is so brutally awful there should really be a class action suit against its producers for the personal pain and suffering it has caused to the multitudes. Who knows where I might be if I had never heard this audio-tripe? And given that it was a pretty big hit it is quite interesting how few covers there are of the song. It’s as if there is a concerted effort by all to erase that horrible memory from our collective consciousness.

Yet, this is a post that ultimately had to happen. Despite the deplorable memories that the mere mention of this song conjures up, it does have one ultra-fantastic redeeming quality. The incomparable Kelly Hogan and the ever-so-nearly incomparable John Wesley Harding collaborated on a version of “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock & Roll” that stands as one of my favorite covers of all time. They power their way through the tune with pitch-perfect harmonies, enhanced lyrics and a slightly chaotic score. Brilliant delivery, simply brilliant. Definitely a Cover Me Impressed Hall of Famer!

 

The Original

 

Donny & Marie Osmond:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Bill Funt, Carey Farrell & Steve Della Maggoria vs. John Wesley Harding & Kelly Hogan vs. An Unidentified Cockatiel
Bill Funt, Carey Farrell & Steve Della Maggoria:

John Wesley Harding & Kelly Hogan:

An Unidentified Cockatiel:

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.

Comments
  1. Cuspid says:

    This one is a slam dunk. The cockatiel all the way.

  2. Arnold Plotnick says:

    The cockatiel, hand’s down. First of all, it’s the shortest video. And I’m very impressed with how the bird can mimic both voices so perfectly. It’s uncanny.

  3. RDubbs says:

    Well I guess my intro to the post eliminates the mystery of who I voted for. JWH & KH rock out dragging a terrible song into the realm of enjoyment. But I do have to give major props to Funt etal. who put together a surprisingly delightful show. While the cockatiel displayed impressive head-bobbing technique his footwork was just terrible. Keep practicing little fella.

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