Archive for March, 2018

Tune du Jour: “Cant’s You Hear Me Knocking” – The Rolling Stones
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Bernard Fowler & Chuck D vs. Great Caesar’s Ghost vs. Bobby Keys

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

 

Read it in the Sunday Papers …

A Philadelphia woman was stunned when a 5-pound catfish fell from the sky and smacked her square in the face. Lisa Lobree was walking through a city park when she heard a rustling in the trees above her and was struck by the 16-inch fish, which witnesses said was dropped by a passing hawk. Lobree suffered a small cut to the face and a lingering fishy odor. “I smelled so bad afterward,” she said. “I smelled disgusting.” Lobree added that she’s a keen angler, but in decades of fishing, “it was the first catfish that my face caught.”

 

 

The Original

The Rolling Stones:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Bernard Fowler & Chuck D vs. Great Caesar’s Ghost vs. Bobby Keys
Bernard Fowler & Chuck D:

Great Caesar’s Ghost:

Bobby Keys:

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: The Chieftains & Sinead O’Connor vs. Screaming Orphans vs. The Wakes

 

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

The Chieftains & Sinead O’Connor vs. Screaming Orphans vs. The Wakes
The Chieftains & Sinead O’Connor:

Screaming Orphans:

The Wakes:

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: Chicha Libre vs. Jimmy Cliff with Tim Armstrong vs. Dado Villa Lobos
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

“The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably.”

  Julian Barnes

 

 

The Original

The Clash:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Chicha Libre vs. Jimmy Cliff with Tim Armstrong vs. Dado Villa Lobos
Chicha Libre:

Jimmy Cliff with Tim Armstrong:

Dado Villa Lobos:

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: Mike Masse with Jeff Hall & Phil Wormdahl vs. Nouvelle Vague vs. The Persuasions
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

Read it in the Sunday Papers …

Elvira Montes is a champion. Last week, the 81-year-old grandmother competed with her family in Austin’s FloTrack “Beer Mile” World Championships, in which runners have to chug a 12-ounce beer before each of the four quarter-mile laps. Montes, who’s been running since she was 60, finished in 20:24 – 50 seconds faster than her 47-year-old daughter. Her son-in-law couldn’t even make it to the finish line. The octogenarian says she doesn’t even like beer, preferring scotch instead. “I tried to drink the first on really fast, but I couldn’t,” she said. “The second one went down really smooth; the third, even better. The fourth was all right.”

 

The Original

U2:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Mike Masse with Jeff Hall & Phil Wormdahl vs. Nouvelle Vague vs. The Persuasions
Mike Masse with Jeff Hall & Phil Wormdahl:

Nouvelle Vague:

The Persuasions:

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: “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Band of the Irish Guards vs. Manny Manuel vs. The Smithereens

Broccoli Fields Forever …

 

 

“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.”

  Frank Zappa

 

 

The Original

The Beatles:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Band of the Irish Guards vs. Manny Manuel vs. The Smithereens
The Band of the Irish Guards:

Manny Manuel:

The Smithereens:

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: “A House is Not a Motel” – Love
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Crystalline vs. The Hellacopters vs. Robert Plant
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

Read it in the Sunday Papers:

India’s government has hired 40 monkey impersonators in a desperate bid to scare off the real monkeys that are terrorizing the country’s parliament. Hundreds of macaques roam freely around government buildings in Delhi, attacking bureaucrats for food and chewing through Internet and phone cables. To frighten off the macaques, officials recruited a team of “very talented” monkey wallahs (or specialists), who will dress up as more aggressive langur monkeys and hoot and shriek at the smaller simians. ‘It’s not a bad way to earn my bread and butter,’ said one of the wallahs.”

 

The Original

Love:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Crystalline vs. The Hellacopters vs. Robert Plant 
Crystalline:

The Hellacopters:

Robert Plant:

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: “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. vs. Diesel Park West vs. The Mockers
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

“My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches.”

  John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

The Original

The Beach Boys:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. vs. Diesel Park West vs. The Mockers
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.:

Diesel Park West

The Mockers:

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?!!?