Posts Tagged ‘Ben Gibbard’

Tune du Jour: “St Swithin’s Day” – Billy Bragg
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Ben Gibbard vs. Mary Lou Lord
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“It first dawned on Bragg that he was capable of writing such a song in the early 1980s. ‘I played “St Swithin’s Day” to the woman I was living with at the time, and she just burst into tears,’ he recalls. ‘I thought, “OK, that seems to have done the trick.” Because before that, having been a punk rocker, there were other ideas I was trying to get across, there were other feelings I was trying to get out of people.’” – Billy Bragg

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The Original

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Billy Bragg:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Ben Gibbard vs. Mary Lou Lord

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Ben Gibbard:

Mary Lou Lord:

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?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.

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