Tune du Jour: “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Mark Eitzel vs. Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Des’ree vs. Sting & B.B. King
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“Ain’t No Sunshine” is ranked 285th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1972.

Beautiful, beautiful song and if you don’t think so, well,  you’re wrong …

 

The Original

 

Bill Withers:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Mark Eitzel vs. Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Des’ree vs. Sting & B.B. King

 

Mark Eitzel:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Des’ree:

Sting & B.B. King:

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:

    PSA: I need to take a break from music for another 3 weeks. So I won’t be posting on CMI again until the beginning of May. I didn’t want anyone, ’cause I I know y’all would.

  2. Cuspid says:

    Let me try that again: “I wouldn’t want anyone to worry about me, ’cause I know y’all would.”

  3. RDubbs says:

    I thought all three versions were very good and really could have voted for any of them. For whatever reason, Mark Eitzel got my vote.

  4. Arnold Plotnick says:

    I loved the Mark Eitzel and Ladysmith Black Mambazo versions, and it was really tough choosing, but I went with Eitzel. I hated Sting’s version and his whiny, screeching, irritating vocals.

  5. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Oh no! We’ll miss Cuspid! A break from music for three weeks?! Meshuggenah.

  6. Pete Black says:

    It was close. I liked Mark Eitzel’s early on but it seemed to lose steam in the last third. I liked how different Ladies Like Mark Trump’s version was. It had a nice setup, the gender flip on the lyrics, some nice visuals on the video and a nice ending. But, they didn’t seem to nail the most important part of the song. Even after deducting points for having to look at Gordie Sumner’s mug for too long, the musicianship won me over. I voted for B.B. King, Skunk Baxter and Stink.

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