Posts Tagged ‘COVER SONGS’

Tune du Jour: “A New England” – Billy Bragg
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Across the Border vs. The King Blues vs. Too Much Joy
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Broccoli Fields Forever ...

Broccoli Fields Forever …

 

 

The Original

 

 

Billy Bragg:

 

In Memoriam

Kirsty MacColl:

While not a huge fan of most of her work, it’s impossible not to admire Kirsty MacColl. Hell, any musician worthy of working with Billy Bragg, Talking Heads, The Smiths and, most of all, The Pogues, has earned my respect. And while on stage she always looked to be having a grand time, a sentiment that is foreign to many “important” musicians. Fairytale of New York” is an enduring masterpiece and, of course, it is MacColl who expertly croons and trades barbs with Shane MacGowan in the song. If that were her only musical accomplishment then I’d still consider her a special talent for contributing to a pitch-perfect, raucous, yet sentimental ballad.

Billy Bragg’s “A New England” is far superior to any cover I’ve heard of the song. Still, it is worth noting that Kirsty MacColl actually enjoyed the most commercial success from the song. A year after Bragg included “A New England” on his 1983 album, Life’s A Riot With Spy vs. Spy, MacColl released it as a single. She obviously had Bragg’s blessing in that, at her behest, he wrote additional verses for her, which she consolidated into one closing verse. “A New England” became MacColl’s biggest hit, reaching number 7 in the UK Singles Chart and number 8 in the Irish Singles Chart. In 2000, MacColl tragically died while saving the life of her son during a boating accident. In tribute to Kirsty MacColl, Bragg subsequently began including the additional verse during performances of the song.

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Across the Border vs. The King Blues vs. Too Much Joy
Across the Border:

The King Blues:

Too Much Joy:

SPACE

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?!!? 

 

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Tune du Jour: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Down by Law vs. MxPx vs. The Toy Dolls
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California is a garden of Eden, A paradise to live in or see. But believe it or not, You won't find it so hot, If you ain't got the broccoli

If I Get Drunk,
Yes I Know I’m Gonna Be,
I’m Gonna be the Plant that Get’s Drunk Next to You

 

 

 

 

The Original

 

The Proclaimers:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Down by Law vs. MxPx vs. The Toy Dolls
Down by Law:

There is apparently some heated debate within the punker community as to whether this is, in fact, Down by Law, or Arnie’s favorite band, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes. Anyone got any insights? And I do mean any insights, whether pertinent to this song or whatever. I’m just short on insights, okay?!? In other words, if you’ve got some insights, and again song-related or otherwise would be just fine, then please send them my way. 

Now STAY here and make sure no one leaves …

I just got verification from Down By Law that this, in fact, is their song.

MxPx:

Toy Dolls:

SPACE

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?!!? 

 

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Tune du Jour: “For No One” – The Beatles
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: el Son Cubanos vs. Ian McCulloch vs. Anne Sofie von Otter and Elvis Costello
VOTE, COMMENT, then CURB YOUR DOG
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So Where Are the Strong, And Who Are the Trusted, And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!

So Where Are the Strong,
And Who Are the Trusted,
And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!

 

 

 

 

The Original

 

The Beatles:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

el Son Cubanos vs. Ian McCulloch vs. Anne Sofie von Otter and Elvis Costello
el Son Cubanos:

Ian McCulloch:

Anne Sofie von Otter and Elvis Costello:

SPACE

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?!!? 

 

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Tune du Jour: “Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: NoFX vs. Seaweed vs. Silverstein
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"Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs." - Milton Friedbyrd

“Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs.” – Milton Friedbyrd

Go Your Own Way was released in 1977 on Fleetwood Mac’s album,Rumours. Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks had been bickering big-time, growing ever tired of each other and not much caring to hide it any longer. Hence the “genius” of the song. Go Your Own Way was an instant hit, rising to number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the band’s first top-ten hit. It has endured as one of Fleetwood Mac’s most popular songs. Go Your Own Way ranked number 120 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. 

I do not care for this song at all, which is not surprising considering I do not care for Fleetwood Mac at all. However, Go Your Own Way does make for some great punk, cover fodder.

 

The Original

 

Fleetwood Mac:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

NoFX vs. Seaweed vs. Silverstein
NoFX:

Seaweed:

Silverstein:

SPACE

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?!!? 

 

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Tune du Jour: “Take the Skinheads Bowling” – Camper Van Beethoven
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Manic Street Preachers vs. No Skanks On Sunday vs. Small White
VOTE, COMMENT, then FOR GOD’S SAKE TAKE THE SKINHEADS BOWLING!!!
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There’s not a line that goes here that rhymes with anything …

 

 

What should you do if you awakened to find skinheads on your lawn? Thankfully this important and practical song by Camper Van Beethoven offers the consensus best solution to this age-old problem.

 

The Original

 

Camper Van Beethoven:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Manic Street Preachers vs. No Skanks On Sunday vs. Small White
Manic Street Preachers:

No Skanks On Sunday:

Granted these spirited lasses need a little time to get going but once they do just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Small White:

(Extra credit for performing the number in a bowling alley.)

SPACE

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?!!? 

 

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Tune du Jour: “So It Goes” – Nick Lowe
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Bigger Lovers vs. Olly Hite vs. The Click Five with Chris Cote
VOTE, COMMENT, then COUNT FLOWERS ON THE WALL
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Ground Control to Major Tom Eat Your Broccoli and Put Your Helmet On

For hungry eyes that could not speak,
Said even little doggies have got to eat

 

 

The Original

 

 

Nick Lowe:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Bigger Lovers vs. Olly Hite vs. The Click Five with Chris Cote
The Bigger Lovers:

Olly Hite:

The Click Five with Chris Cote:

SPACE

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?!!? 

 

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Tune du Jour: “Roxanne” – The Police
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Bauchklang vs. Fall Out Boy vs. Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti
VOTE, COMMENT, then ROTATE YOUR TIRES
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

The Original

 

The Police:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Bauchklang vs. Fall Out Boy vs. Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti
Bauchklang:

Fall Out Boy:

Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti:

Song starts at about the 2:00 minute mark after a lengthy musical intro.

SPACE

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?!!? 

 

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