Archive for February, 2018

Tune du Jour: “Won’t Get Fooled Again” – The Who
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Richie Havens vs. Skrewdriver  vs. Wave Mechanics Union

Broccoli For Miles
And Miles And Miles
And Miles And Miles …
Oh Yeah!

 

 

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.”

Isaac Asimov

 

Won’t Get Fooled AGAIN?!!? That’s right, we’re going around the horn once more with our all-time favorites …

The Original

 

The Who:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Richie Havens vs. Skrewdriver vs. Wave Mechanics Union
Richie Havens:

Skrewdriver:

Wave Mechanics Union:

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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?!!? 

 

Tune du Jour: “Madame George” – Van Morrison
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Jeff Buckley vs. Energy Orchard vs. Phoebe Snow
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

Read it in the Sunday papers …

Joshua James, 23, was arrested for throwing a live, 3 1/2-foot alligator through the drive-thru window of a Florida Wendy’s. “He does stuff like this because he thinks it’s funny,” said his mother, Linda James, calling her son “stupid.”

 

 

The Original

 

Oh the Black Brothers are at it again. This time-consuming post is courtesy of Kerry Black. (Hope you like the song as much as he does.)

Van Morrison:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Jeff Buckley vs. Energy Orchard vs. Phoebe Snow
Jeff Buckley:

Energy Orchard:

Phoebe Snow:

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?!!? 

 

Tune du Jour: “Light My Fire” – The Doors
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Ventures vs. Mae West vs. Stevie Wonder
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

“I’ve got to confess, I was very interested in what I could take and what I could do. I looked upon the body as a laboratory – I used to throw in this chemical and then that one to see what would happen; I was intrigued by that. What one would work against another; I’ve got a bit of alchemist in me that way. But all experiments must come to an end.”

  Keith Richards

 

 

The Original

The Doors:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Ventures vs. Mae West vs. Stevie Wonder
The Ventures:

Mae West:

Stevie Wonder:

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?!!? 

 

Tune du Jour: “Cant’s You Hear Me Knocking” – The Rolling Stones
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Bamboos vs. Release vs. Santana featuring Scott Weiland

I Shouted Out,
“Who Ate The Broccoli?”,
When After All,
It Was You And Me…

 

Read it in the Sunday Papers …

A squirrel caused nearly $500 worth of damage to an English pub after it broke in, got drunk, and went on a rampage. Pub owner Sam Boulter found the premises covered in spilled beer and broken glass and initially thought he’d been burgled, until an inebriated squirrel stumbled out. “He looked a bit worse for wear”, said Boulter. He thinks the rodent inadvertently turned on a beer tap and then drank its fill. “It’s safe to say he is now barred for life,” Boulter added.

 

 

The Original

The Rolling Stones:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Bamboos vs. Release vs. Santana featuring Scott Weiland
The Bamboos:

Release:

Santana featuring Scott Weiland:

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?!!? 

 

Tune du Jour: “The Foggy Dew” – Traditional
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: James Bragg vs. Gary Og vs. The Skels

 

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny …
Cover Me Impressed!

There are a few old traditional English and Irish ballads that go by the name of Foggy Dew or The Foggy Dew. This particular one, undoubtedly the greatest of them (so sayeth R.J. Dubbengoth III in his landmark tome, “Very Excellent Great Things As Sayeth R.J. Dubbengoth III“) was written sometime around 1919 by the Irish priest Charles O’Neill. In April 1916, in what would become known as the Easter Rising, James Connolly, greatest man ever (again see Dubbengoth III’s “Very Excellent Great Things“), and Patrick Pearse led an insurrection in Dublin against British rule of Ireland. The Irish revolutionaries seized the General Post Office and other prominent governmental buildings in Dublin. However, in about a week’s time Britain’s well-trained and heavily-armed occupying force squashed the insurrection. At the time of the rising, which coincided with World War I, many (and probably most) Irish citizens did not support an armed revolt against British troops. But Irish sentiment changed drastically in subsequent weeks as British Command summarily executed all real and imagined leaders of the insurrection. Sixteen leaders of the insurrection, including Patrick Pearse and an already badly injured James Connolly, who unable to stand was placed in a chair before a firing line, were executed without trial. In the eyes of the Irish people these men soon became martyrs in Ireland’s struggle for home rule.

O’Neill’s The Foggy Dew memorialized the Easter Rising and encouraged Irishmen to fight for Ireland’s freedom, rather than for the British, as so many young Irishmen were doing in World War I.

 

The Earliest Studio Recording

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (1956):

As far as I can tell this was the first studio recording of the song.

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The Most Popular

The Dubliners (1966):

There are many excellent versions of this venerable old song but I’d guess the most well-known would be that of The Dubliners (first cousins with and frequent inebriation-enthusiast mates of Grandfather Dubbengoth I).

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The Cover Songs Competition

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James Bragg vs. Gary Og vs. The Skels

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James Bragg:

Gary Og:

The Skels:

One of the truly great bands that never caught the break they so richly deserved.

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

 

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Tune du Jour: “Guns of Brixton” – The Clash
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Dropkick Murphys vs. Nouvelle Vague vs. Rancho Deluxe
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

“Friend, there’s a reason they don’t call it ‘working’, it’s called PLAYING! … It’s a life-giving, joyful, sweat-drenched, muscle-aching, voice-blowing, mind-clearing, exhausting, soul-invigorating cathartic pleasure and privilege every night.”

  Bruce Springsteen

 

 

The Original

The Clash:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Dropkick Murphys vs. Nouvelle Vague vs. Rancho Deluxe
Dropkick Murphys:

Nouvelle Vague:

Rancho Deluxe:

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?!!? 

 

Tune du Jour: “Pride” – U2
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Brown Derbies vs. The Roayl Philharmonic Orchestra vs. Soweto Gospel Choir
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

Read it in the Sunday Papers …

British police said an 86-year-old woman fought off a would-be robber by “repeatedly hitting the offender over the head with a packet of bacon.”

 

 

 

The Original

U2:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Brown Derbies vs. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra vs. Soweto Gospel Choir
The Brown Derbies:

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:

Soweto Gospel Band:

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?!!?