Posts Tagged ‘Paul McCartney’

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: “Love in Song” – Paul McCartney
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Big Fish Ensemble vs. The Judybats
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

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The Original

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Paul McCartney:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Big Fish Ensemble vs. The Judybats

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Big Fish Ensemble:

The Judybats:

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

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“Shivers” – Rowland S Howard:

Beautifully haunting song by Australian underground legend, Rowland S. Howard. Howard wrote Shivers when he was only 16. It later became the only single off of The Birthday Party‘s debut album, Door, Door. Shivers later appeared in an Australian independently released film, Dogs In Space, which is centered around a fictitious punk band’s demise amid abundant drug use and dysfunctional lifestyles. Shivers is a classic post-punk ballad and one of Australia’s most enduring cult hits.

Tune du Jour: “We Can Work It Out” – The Beatles
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Jorge Luis Rojas (aka “Rojitas”) vs. John Wicks & The Records
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We Can Work It Out was recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions and released in December 1965 on the ground-breaking first ever “double A-sided” single. Apparently Paul wanted We Can Work It Out to be the A-side of a single with Day Tripper as the B-side. Shockingly, John disagreed, preferring the opposite (i.e. Day Tripper on A-side and We Can Work It Out on the B-side). Ah, but necessity is the mother of invention. And just like that the ingenious double A-Sided single was born. The first album We Can Work It Out appeared on was Yesterday And Today, which was released in June 1966 to the American market only.

We Can Work It Out was a collaboration of lyrics and music between McCartney and Lennon, which after their hits of 1963 had become an exceedingly rare occurrence (A Day In The Life was another brilliant example). Generally speaking, the more optimistic parts of We Can Work It Out were McCartney’s creation while the darker, impatient parts were Lennon’s contribution.

We Can Work It Out was wildly successful reaching number one on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and U.K. Singles Chart. We Can Work It Out also holds the distinction of having spawned the most commercially successful cover of a Beatles song when Stevie Wonder’s version reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Mr. Wonder a Grammy Award nomination in 1972, for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

The Original

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The Beatles:

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Hey, That’s One Successful Cover!

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Stevie Wonder:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Jorge Luis Rojas (aka “Rojitas”) vs. John Wicks & The Records

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Jorge Luis Rojas (aka “Rojitas”):

John Wicks & The Records:

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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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