Tune du Jour: “My Back Pages” – Bob Dylan
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Brothers and Sisters  vs. Sing Sing Sing vs Wolfgang Niedecken & Anne de Wolff
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You used to be so amused, At Broccoli Man, and the carrot for a guitar he used ...

You used to be so amused,
At Broccoli Man,
and the carrot for a guitar he used …

 

 

Old Greek Proverb:

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

 

 

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 The Original

 

One of my favorite Dylan songs. And I’m particularly proud of all three selected covers.

Bob Dylan:

Copyrights preclude Dylan’s original version from appearing.

Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (aka “Bobfest”):

Okay this is just plain ridiculous. Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and George Harrison on stage at the same time! I mean c’mon. I don’t know, can anyone name another show that featured as many music icons on stage at the same time?

 

The Most Popular

 

The Byrds:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Brothers and Sisters vs. Sing Sing Sing vs. Wolfgang Niedecken & Anne de Wolff

 

The Brothers and Sisters:

The Original

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Sing Sing Sing:

Wolfgang Niedecken & Anne de Wolff:

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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:

    I think that this song is so great that it sounds good by anyone and in any language. It also happens to be one of my very favorite Byrds songs. And I’m sure that The Brothers and Sister Gospel Choir do a pretty good cover of it as well, when they’re not doing “Just Like A Woman” instead. So I have no idea for whom to vote. Flip a coin.

  2. Lucky H says:

    Well Im ready to call my scheduled clients today and tell em I gotta blow off the day and go score some Panama Red. Ensemble opening always gives me the good chills, except Clapton really should have been forced to either wear a Bob Ross wig or at least have a chunk of coke dangling from his nose, he’s fucking with the vibe bigtime. Loved Sing Sings clean version but Wolfie and the blonde siren bring it to another level. I’m guessing the choir also does a version that didnt quite cue up? They may be coming after you Dickie Boy

  3. Kerry Black says:

    I’ve just learned that The Brothers and Sisters have been officially disqualified for failing to perform “My Back Pages”.

    I voted Sing Sing Sing. They’re also big fans of Johnny Cash, and, like their hero, performed at several prisons, including one in Ossining. Look for the live recording of the performance. I forget what it’s called.

  4. RDubbs says:

    Well I only third day back on the job and I screwed up royally. A mountain of apologies to my Brothers and Sisters for linking the wrong song. It is corrected now but can never be truly absolved. The only bright spot was in relinking to the correct song I realized these good people have a whole album of Dylan songs, which I quickly ordered.

    That clip from Bobfest gave me chills and practically brought tears to my eyes (but what doesn’t these days?). It is especially sad to see Tom Petty before his demise. At least the guy seemed to have an enjoyable life. On a different note can anyone tell me who the William Dafoe style guy is scooting around playing guitar?

    Well to the vote. I had the benefit of hearing Brothers & Sisters reverential, excellent homage to Bob. It’s majestic, as is Sing Sing Sing’s version (But for God sake get a better name! So sorry Up Up With People was already taken.). Anyway my vote goes to Niedecken and de Wolff. His vocals are spot on and de Wolff’s splendid violin cements the vote.

    • Kerry Black says:

      The guitar player is G.E. Smith, who was a long time member of the Saturday Night Live house band, among other things.

  5. RDubbs says:

    Really? How the hell did he sneak his way on stage with all those luminaries? Now I don’t feel bad about not recognizing him

  6. Pete Black says:

    Tough one. Listened to each three times. Went with the Wolves due to Anne’s lovely fiddle work.

  7. Donald Fouts says:

    I have ONE question: “Where is the Ramones version off Acid Eaters…the Best..hands down

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