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Pots-Pourris du Jour: “Pink Elephants on Parade / Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” – (Music from Vintage Disney Films) / “(I’m Not) Your Steppin’ Stone / Hit the Road Jack” – (Paul Revere & The Raiders / Ray Charles) / “Mendocino / Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – (Sir Douglas Quartet / Burt Bacharach)
THE CLASH of Cover Medleys: Sun Ra & His Arkestra and Harry Nilsson vs. Johnny Thunders & The Oddballs vs. Yo La Tengo
(With Apologies to Medleyophobics)
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Official Cover Me Impressed Medley Definitions:

 

For our purposes we will rely on medley standards as outlined at the 2012 Institute of Chartered Music Listeners Music-Medley Symposium, which identified and defined the following categories of

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Music Medleys:

The Meager-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from two independent songs.

The Mini-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from three independent songs.

The Medial-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from four independent songs.

The Mega-Medley – a musical composition comprised of parts from five or more independent songs.

 

THE CLASH of Cover Medleys

 

Sun Ra & His Arkestra and Harry Nilsson vs. Johnny Thunders & The Oddballs vs. Yo La Tengo
Sun Ra & His Arkestra and Harry Nilsson:
“Elephants on Parade” (Disney Films: Dumbo) / “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” (Disney Films: Song of the South)

Johnny Thunders & The Oddballs:
“(I’m Not) Your Steppin’ Stone” (Paul Revere & The Raiders) / “Hit the Road Jack” (Ray Chares)

Yo La Tengo:

Beginning in 1996, Yo La Tengo supported the fundraising efforts of New York’s world-renowned independent radio outlet WFMU with annual studio visits. All listeners who pledged money during the band’s appearances were offered the chance to request a favorite song that YLT would then attempt to perform; no rehearsals, no advance word of what the requests might be, just plug it in and kick it out. The spontaneous element is impressive and, at times, hysterical.

“Mendocino” (Sir Douglas Quartet) / “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (Burt Bacharach) 

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which medley of cover songs prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!?

 

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Tune du Jour: “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” – Paul Revere & The Raiders
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Alliance vs. Sex Pistols
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(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone was written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. It was first recorded in May 1966 by Paul Revere & The Raiders. The song was also recorded by The Liverpool Five, a “British Invasion” band, sometime in 1966. Some sources claim that The Liverpool Five actually released their version of (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone before Paul Revere & The Raiders. But this is probably inaccurate and, when you come right down to it, who really cares?

Between May and December of 1966, at least five bands released versions of (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (i.e. Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Liverpool Five, The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band, The Flies, and The Stillroven). The Monkees’ version of the song was also recorded in late 1966 but the album in which it appeared, More of the Monkees, was not released until January 1967. It’s somewhat mind-boggling. That’s a lot of versions of one song to be released within 9 months!

The lyrics, tone and pace of (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone are rather remarkable given its release date, providing an early taste of the punk genre to follow. Not surprisingly, it is a favorite cover song for many garage and punk bands.

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Paul Revere & The Raiders:

The Liverpool Five:

There are many that would argue The Liverpool Five’s version of (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone is superior to any that came before or after it. Given its superb quality and the chance that they did win the “race to release”, I’ve included The Liverpool Five’s version of the song in this section.

A quick tidbit of trivia: None of the band members of The Liverpool Five were from Liverpool (four were from London and the fifth from Cumbria).

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The Monkees:

The Monkees version of (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone enjoyed the most commercial success. Although released as a B-side, it reached #20 in the US charts.

And yet another tidbit of trivia: Although all stemming from the same recording, The Monkees’ single version, mono album version and stereo album version all slightly differed from each other.

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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The Alliance vs. Sex Pistols

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The Alliance:

Sex Pistols:

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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