Pink Floyd: “Money”

Posted: June 29, 2016 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Money” – Pink Floyd
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Easy Star All-Stars vs. Indra Rios-Moore vs. The Squirrels
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Pink Floyd’s first hit in the United States, Money, from the band’s seminal album The Dark Side of the Moon.

 

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Pink Floyd:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Easy Star All-Stars vs. Indra Rios-Moore vs. The Squirrels
Easy Star All-Stars:

Indra Rios-Moore:

The Squirrels:

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:

    Gotta go with Easy Star All-Stars on this one, although I prefer their version of most of the other songs on this album – Time, Breath, Us and Them, etc. – than I do Money.

    I can just hear Indra Rios-Moore’s manager: Hey, she’s got great legs. Let’s make a video of her legs. What? We need some music too? OK. Well, I have this recording of her singing Pink Floyd’s Money. Yeah, I know. It is really boring. But who cares? This video really has nothing to do with her voice or that song. If I had instead a recording of her singing The Hokey Pokey, I would use that. I agree she’s a boring singer. But as long as we stick to videos nobody will pay any attention to her voice.

  2. RDubbs says:

    While I’m not a fan of Pink Floyd, I’m also not a detractor. In fact lately I’ve been thinking about picking up a copy of The Dark Side of the Moon. It justifiably stands as one of the iconic masterpieces of 70’s rock. And since my brother had and played the album incessantly, The Dark Side of the Moon represents to me a bit of nostalgia from a time when the world seemed so much less complex than today.

    I enjoyed all three versions of Money. I thought Indra Rios-Moore’s version was actually pretty innovative and enjoyable. I like the jazz influenced piece.

    The Squirrels were a Seattle-based band of goofballs that sporadically produced witty nuggets from the mid-80’s and through the 90’s. (I’ve got a hysterical version of them doing a version Season’s In the Sun that seamlessly morphs into The Hustle. I’d share it but don’t want to upset the Medley-phobic contingency of the blog today). Members of the band came and went with Rob Morgan being the one constant contributor. Yet one thing that could be counted on was that the musicianship of The Squirrels was consistently pretty darn good. The Not-So-Bright Side of the Moon is considered to be their finest work. Ned Raggett of AllMusic made this classic observation of the album: “The result is an insane masterpiece of musical achievement and comedy both, poking so many holes in that particular sacred cow that it’s a wonder Roger Waters didn’t spontaneously combust.” In regards to Money (as well as the whole album) you might recognize the lunatic tidbits of Ed Zeppelin and Tortelvis from Dread Zeppelin, who helped The Squirrels out on the project.

    And with that said I voted for the Easy Star All-Stars.

  3. Kerry Black says:

    I never owned “Dark Side of the Moon”. My brother had it on eight-track when I was in middle school, so I got to know it. Plus everyone else I knew in high school and college had it; seventies classic indeed.

    Agree with Cuspid this isn’t among the best tracks on the album. But for radio you need something short and punchy that fits the format, this works better than anything else. Plus there was a shorter edit released as a single and used for radio.

    Three varied and interesting covers today, all worth listening to; I voted Easy all-Stars.

  4. Arnold Plotnick says:

    I’m a Pink Floyd fan, though not a hardcore one. I certainly love the early, Syd Barrett stuff a lot. I owned Dark Side of the Moon, but rarely played it, because it ended up being played at just about every party I ever attended back in the ’70s. Money is not one of the standout tracks on the album, I agree. I personally like Us and Them, and Breathe. Wow… I just got slightly stoned by merely typing those song titles. Anyway… the Easy All-Stars win this one.

  5. Cuspid says:

    3 albums in history have sold more than 20 million copies in the USA – Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Led Zeppelin IV, and Dark Side of The Moon.

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