Archive for June, 2016

Tune du Jour: “The Longest Time” – Billy Joel
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Me First & The Gimme Gimmes vs. Mortanius vs. Yellowcard
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Why Can't You See, I'm A Stalk of Broccoli Incapable of Cheatin' On You, Baby...

Why Can’t You See,
I’m A Stalk of Broccoli
Incapable of Cheatin’ On You, Baby…

 

 

Well, as a matter of fact, I don’t like Billy Joel!

 

 

The Original

 

Billy Joel:

This is an example of a really poor song.

Nick > Billy:

And here we have an example of making a mockery out of a really poor song.

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes vs. Mortanius vs. Yellowcard
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes:

Mortanius:

Yellowcard:

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: “Downtown Train” – Tom Waits
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Mary Chapin Carpenter vs. Rocking Chairs vs. Patty Smyth
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

From Waits’ sublime masterpiece, Rain Dogs, Downtown Train beautifully captures the romance, hopes and desires, insecurity and confusion, and, at times, overcrowded-loneliness of a New York City weekend. 

As Bill Janovitz of AllMusic puts it: “The verses of Downtown Train are chock-full with more concrete and evocative images than all of the contemporary Top 40 pop hits combined; images like ‘another yellow moon has punched a hole in the nighttime,’ ‘The downtown trains are full/With all those Brooklyn girls/They try so hard to break out of their little worlds,’ and ‘you wave your hands and they scatter like crows’ ring of Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter.”

One rock critic observed “a Lou-Reedish guitar lead pervading the song” but, personally, I think Downtown Train has much more of a Springsteen-esque feel to it. Although, whether Waits was influenced by Springsteen or vice versa is difficult to say. 

 

The Original

 

Tom Waits:

That’s former World Middleweight Boxing Champion, Jake LaMotta, in the video. 

 

TheMost Popular

 

Rod Stewart:

Rod Stewart recorded a lousy cover version of Downtown Train that became a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late 1989, and was also a number-one single on the album rock and adult contemporary charts. Strangely enough, Stewart’s lackluster debasing of Downtown Train went to number-one in Canada – a country where people generally make intelligent choices – and made the top ten on the UK Singles Chart in 1990. And if all that wasn’t putrefying enough, Stewart also received a Grammy nomination for the song in the category Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. When asked to comment on Stewart’s version of Downtown Train, world renowned scholar and preeminent expert on cover songs, R.J. Dubbengoth IV, vomited profusely.

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Mary Chapin Carpenter vs. Rocking Chairs vs. Patty Smyth
Mary Chapin Carpenter:

Rocking Chairs:

Patty Smyth:

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: “Can You See Me” – Jimi Hendrix
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Scott Morgan Band vs. Samonikli vs. Thee Hypnotics
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

The Original

 

Jimi Hendrix:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Scott Morgan Band vs. Samonikli vs. Thee Hypnotics
The Scott Morgan Band:

Samonikli:

Samonikli was formed in 1963 by four Belgrade high school students, initially performing primarily at school proms and college dance parties. By 1965 they were playing regularly at dances at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Technology, which greatly expanded their fan base and led to wide popularity throughout Serbia. The band covered rock hits, as well as traditional songs, while their own songs were mostly instrumentals inspired by Cliff Richard’s band, The Shadows.

Thee Hypnotics:

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: “Build Me Up Buttercup” – The Foundations
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The David Johansen Group vs. Save Ferris vs. Twenty One Pilots
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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 …

 

One of the ultimate good-time songs. Syrupy, schmaltzy, bubble-gum gooey and the like? Sure but what of it? Build Me Up Buttercup still manages to endure as a retro-cool song that has brought smiles to the masses. You shake your head in disagreement? Well let me put this out there. When was the last time David Johansen wasted time on a song of no musical merit? Yeah that would be never. Still, if your senses are somehow offended by this old, played-out standby then I suggest you take the day off and come back tomorrow. The rest of us will just relax and revel in the saccharine absurdity of it all.

 

The Original

The Foundations:

 

A Creative, Fun and Obviously Memorable Use of Build Me Up Buttercup

 

Everyone gets into the act (like literally everyone) at Carly Fearnley and Rikki Sjamsul’s wedding, July 27, 2013!

 

And a Creative, Fun and Obviously Memorable Cover of Build Me Up Buttercup

 

Julia Nunes and friends and friends and more friends:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The David Johansen Group vs. Save Ferris vs. Twenty One Pilots
The David Johansen Group:

Save Ferris:

Save Ferris has informed me that this is not their cover song. Never a dull moment on CMI …

Twenty One Pilots:

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: “The Modern World” – The Jam
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Ben Harper vs. IANSANITY vs. Less Than Jake
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

The Original

 

The Jam:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Ben Harper vs. IANSANITY vs. Less Than Jake
Ben Harper:

IANSANITY:

Less Than Jake:

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: “Waterloo Sunset” (Part #2) – The Kinks
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Def Leppard vs. First Aid Kit vs. Robyn Hitchcock
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

The Original

 

The Kinks:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Def Leppard vs. First Aid Kit vs. Robyn Hitchcock
Def Leppard:

First Aid Kit:

Robyn Hitchcock:

Live at The Knitting Factory (March 12, 1997):

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: “Waterloo Sunset” (Part #1) – The Kinks
THE CLASH of Collaborations: Ray Davies and Damon Albarn vs. The Crouch End Festival Chorus vs. Jackson Browne vs. London Symphony Orchestra & Urban Voices Collective
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

Ray seems to really like this song. He plays it a lot, especially at special occasions. And he seems to particularly like playing it when the occasion calls for a collaboration with other artists. There are at least four such collaborations floating around at there. In this post we will try to answer the timeworn question, just who “Waterloo Sunsets it best with Mr. Davies?

 

The Original

 

The Kinks:

 

THE CLASH of Collaborations

 

Damon Albarn vs. The Crouch End Festival Chorus vs. Jackson Browne vs. London Symphony Orchestra & Urban Voices Collective
Ray Davies & Damon Albarn (April 2, 2002):

Ray Davies & The Crouch End Festival Chorus (June 15, 2009):

There is a brief interview preceding the song. Waterloo Sunset starts at about the 2:00 mark.

Ray Davies & Jackson Browne (November 1, 2010):

Ray Davies with the London Symphony Orchestra & Urban Voices Collective (August 20, 2012):

CE

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.