Posts Tagged ‘David Bowie’

Tune du Jour: “Friday On My Mind” – The Easy Beats
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: David Bowie vs. The Space Negros vs. Richard Thompson
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I’m Gonna Have Fun in the City, Me And My Girl And Mr. Broccoli

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What a great song! One of my favorites from the ’60s, a decade that produced an incredible amount of marvelous tunes. Seems every band with a modicum of aesthetic awareness has covered this gem at one time or another. If not recorded and cataloged then at the least live or in practice. Yet, through all its covers, weak and strong, I’ve yet to hear one that exceeds The Easy Beat’s original take.

The Original

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The Easy Beats:

And check out this great live version. Notice they’re wearing the same natty attire as on the cover of the 45. Why wouldn’t they I suppose?

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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David Bowie vs. The Space Negros vs Richard Thompson

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David Bowie:

The Space Negros:

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Richard Thompson with Judith Owen & Debra Dobkin:

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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?!!? 

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Unrelated But Not Without Ample Merit

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It’s Murder by Numbers…

A plurality of Democrats, 39%, say John Lennon is their favorite Beatle. Just 15% of Republicans agree. 49% of Republicans name Paul McCartney as their favorite.   (Public Policy Polling)

There’s plenty to be read between the lines in this polling. Just saying …

 

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Tune du Jour: “Moonage Daydream” – David Bowie
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Anabot vs. The White Stripes
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In honor of one of the most talented, creative and bizarre musicians of our lifetime, Starman David Bowie.

The Original

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David Bowie:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Anabot vs. The White Stripes

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Anabot:

I came across this incredibly talented musician last night and have not been able to stop listening/watching her videos all day!

The White Stripes:

Great old recording of The White Stripes. Gotta love the background comment, “Sounds like a weirdo”.

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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?!!? 

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Unrelated But Not Without Ample Merit

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So What’s R Dubbs Been Spinning Lately …
Just for You, Here’s a Dubbs Song!

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Great Song and Damn Good Movie!

“Pop” – Shillaly Brothers:

A Tribute to David Bowie (1947 – 2016)
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Oh Look Out You Rock ‘n’ Rollers, Pretty Soon You’re Gonna Get Older…

What could you say? Last night we lost an icon, innovator, genius. David Bowie will surely be long remembered as one of the most talented, creative and bizarre musicians of our lifetime!

Enjoy a bevy of tributes to David Bowie. The styles and genres of these cover songs are as diverse as the man himself.

Absolute Beginners

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Carla Bruni:

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Ashes to Ashes

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Paul Dempsey:

Hezekiah Jones:

Happy Rhodes:

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All the Young Dudes

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Billy Bragg & Jill Sobule:

World Party:

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Changes

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Echo and the Bunnymen with Sharleen Spiteri:

The Illinois State University’s Clef Hangers:

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Heroes

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Magnetic Fields:

The Coal Porters:

Nico:

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It Ain’t Easy

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Hazel:

Kelly Hogan & Robbie Fulks:

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Jean Genie

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Camp Freddy:

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Kooks

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Brett Smiley:

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Life on Mars

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Robyn Hitchcock:

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain:

And of course it would not be a proper tribute without … ABBA!!!:

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Moonage Daydream

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J. Hell:

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Oh You Pretty Things

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Jun Jun Clinic:

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Rebel Rebel

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Iggy Pop & Lenny Kravitz:

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Sound and Vision

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Beck:

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Space Oddity

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Real-Life Astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield:

(Shatner cannot be happy over this infringement of his territory!)

John Otway:

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Starman

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of Montreal:

Arcadian Walnut:

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Under Pressure

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Flaming Lips:

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Watch that Man

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The Fur Ones:

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Ziggy Stardust

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Def Leppard:

Massacre:

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A Late Addition

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“Life on Mars” happens to be one of my favorite Bowie songs. So when I saw this interesting rendition, I just had to add it to the tribute. Reminds me of the classic Procol Harem church scene in “The Commitments”.

By the way, if anyone has a favorite Bowie cover that is not included then please let me know. If possible I will add it.
Nicholas Freestone (organ scholar at St Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire):

The Commitments: Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) and Steven ‘Soul Surgeon’ Clifford (Michael Ahern):

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Another Late Addition

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This next video is proof-positive of just how cool David Bowie was. From The Cher Show, Bowie and Cher begin a set collaborating on Young Americans, which is weird enough. But things turn completely bizarre as Young Americans morphs into a very long medley of bad songs. Bowie had to be suppressing laughter throughout yet on the exterior appears way-cool to the nth degree. Now I ask you, how many musicians could have pulled this off without looking completely ridiculous?

David Bowie on The Cher Show (November 23rd 1975):

 

Tune du Jour: “Starman” – David Bowie
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Nosferatu vs. May Hart Band
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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

Starman was recorded by David Bowie in  February 1972 and released as a single that April. FUN FACT: The song was a late addition to Bowie’s album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. It replaced the Chuck Berry cover Round and Round on the album…Imagine that, axing a cover at the last minute!??! My God what a travesty! Oh the humanity!!!

According to David Thompson of AllMusic: “Starman is arguably the single most influential song in Bowie’s entire catalog. At the time of its release, after all, he was still a one-hit wonder, creaking around the club circuit with a critically acclaimed, but publicly ignored live show, while his Space Oddity signature theme sank ever further back into the mists of time.”

Starman embedded Ziggy Stardust in the nation’s consciousness and established David Bowie as the premier eccentric rock icon of the time. The single reached No. 10  while the album hit No. 5. in the UK charts. Starman remained in the UK charts for 11 weeks. In the US the song peaked at No. 65.

The Original

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David Bowie:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Nosferatu vs. May Hart Band

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Nosferatu:

May Hart Band:

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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Votes can be cast up to three months from the day and time of the original post.

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

With an unusually low vote count, especially given the splendosity of our subject song, the 7-Day results of the competition between Bruce Dickinson and World Party covering “All The Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople via David Bowie ended in a tie.

However, THERE ARE NO TIES ON COVER ME IMPRESSED!

Hence, a 3-Day runoff to settle the issue. If the runoff should also end in a tie then I’ll be forced to contract a maiming of the members of all musicians and bands concerned (i.e. David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Bruce Dickinson and World Party) and at least one individual totally unrelated to the proceedings (probably Billy Joel), which may seem a bit harsh and arbitrary but, hell, something will have to be done …

Now PLEASE VOTE. For those who do not partake in the voting I will hereby contract Bruce Dickinson to come to your home and sleep on your couch for two weeks. Did you get a good look at this gutterpup in the video? There’s more grease on that carcass than in your average Huddle House kitchen. So in other words, VOTE!

Original Studio Versions

As the story goes, due to a lack of commercial success, Mott the Hoople was ready to call it quits when David Bowie stepped in to help. David first offered the song “Suffragette City”, which the band rejected. So David wrote “All the Young Dudes” (supposedly while sitting cross-legged in his apartment with Ian Hunter intently looking on). Mott the Hoople released its masterpiece in 1972. Bowie also recorded a studio version of the song in 1972 but did not release it until decades later.

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked “All the Young Dudes” No. 253 in its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and on its 2010 update the song rated No. 256. The song was also included on “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”.

I guess passing on Suffragette City was the right move …

David Bowie (1972):

Mott the Hoople (1972):

A Couple of Great Live Versions

David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Queen & others at the Freddie Mercury Tribute (London’s Wembley Stadium 1992):

David Bowie Live in New York (1997):

The Cover Songs Competition

Bruce Dickinson vs. World Party

Bruce Dickinson:

This video is sappy to the point of comical. Probably a good thing Dickinson never pursued acting as a career.

World Party:

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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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

Broc 4L

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

As the story goes, due to a lack of commercial success, Mott the Hoople was ready to call it quits when David Bowie stepped in to help. David first offered the song “Suffragette City”, which the band rejected. So David wrote “All the Young Dudes” (supposedly while sitting cross-legged in his apartment with Ian Hunter intently looking on). Mott the Hoople released its masterpiece in 1972. Bowie also recorded a studio version of the song in 1972 but did not release it until decades later.

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked “All the Young Dudes” No. 253 in its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and on its 2010 update the song rated No. 256. The song was also included on “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”.

I guess passing on Suffragette City was the right move …

Original Studio Versions

 
David Bowie (1972):

Mott the Hoople (1972):

 

A Couple of Great Live Versions

 
David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Queen & others at the Freddie Mercury Tribute (London’s Wembley Stadium 1992):

David Bowie Live in New York (1997):

 

The Cover Songs Competition

 

Bruce Dickinson vs. World Party

 
Bruce Dickinson:

This video is sappy to the point of comical. Probably a good thing Dickinson never pursued acting as a career.

World Party:

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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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

Broc 4L

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

The Original

Johnny Cash:

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The Cover Songs Competition

I don’t know what to say other than “Sorry, Mr. Cash” …

Leonard Nimoy vs. Telly Savalas

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Leonard Nimoy:

Telly Savalas:

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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Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.