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Tune du Jour: “The Beat Goes On” – Sonny & Cher
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Globos vs. Perturbazione vs. The Spuds
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The Beat Goes On, And On, And On …

Just can’t stop the beat!  Initially issued as a single in 1967, The Beat Goes On quickly became a Billboard Hot 100 hit, eventually peaking at number 6. Given its universal acclaim and unanimous recognition as the greatest song ever written, one can only ponder which five songs could possibly have ranked above. But hell, it was the 60’s. Everyone and his brother were running around with heads full of acid. So who can really make sense of any of it? Well, It Ain’t Me, No, No, No.

And The Beat Goes On” appears on Sonny’s tombstone …

 

The Original

 

Sonny & Cher:

 

Rare, Like Really, Really Rare, Archival Footage

The LATE Sonny Bono, with His Lovely MATE Cher, throwing it down with the Irrefuteably GREAT Shaky T Band

Rare archival footage of the only known posthumous performance by the Late Great Sonny Bono !!!

Please join The Shaky T Band in supporting the Ukulele Kids Club, a nonprofit organization that promotes music therapy programs for hospitalized children, by giving away ukuleles to children in need. https://theukc.org/about-us/

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

The Globos vs. Perturbazione vs. The Spuds
The Globos:

Perturbazione:

The Spuds:

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: “Laugh At Me” – Sonny Bono
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Mott the Hoople vs Pete Stride and John Plain
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Laugh At Me, released as single in 1965, was Sonny Bono’s only hit as a solo artist. The song  reached number #10 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 and number #9 in the United Kingdom on the Pop Singles Chart. Laugh At Me reached #1 in Canada on the RPM national singles chart, ironically to eventually be overtaken by Sonny & Cher’s Baby Don’t Go.

Sonny wrote Laugh At Me in angst after being refused service at a Los Angeles restaurant for wearing what the owner considered to be “hippie attire”. He was not happy about it!

Sonny has often been the butt of jokes, many times deservedly so, yet the guy actually had some talent and could write a decent song every now and then. I would submit that this is one of them.

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The Original

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Sonny Bono:

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This is an alternate version. The sound quality is not nearly as good but it’s worth checking out just to see the controlled rage Sonny seems to be in as he belts out the lyrics.

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Mott the Hoople vs Pete Stride and John Plain
Mott the Hoople:

Mott the Hoople holds the distinction of being CMI’s Reigning Exultant Virtuosic Performer of Laugh At Me. Additionally, Mott the Hoople is also a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Uni-Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold gold!

Mott the Hoople’s triumph in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competition is detailed below:

11/17/2013 – “Laugh At Me” (Sonny Bono) – Mott the Hoople (93%) thrash Otis Ball (7%)

You don’t suppose Ian Hunter could have related to these lyrics, possibly turning a few heads every now and then with his look? He obviously really dug the song though. He recorded it with his band, Mott the Hoople, and again during his solo career.  And he must have played it live a lot. Laugh At Me appears on no less than five Mott the Hoople/Ian Hunter live albums.

Pete Stride and John Plain:

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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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Sonny Bono supposedly wrote this song in angst after being refused service at a Los Angeles restaurant for wearing what the owner considered to be bizarre attire. Sonny has often been the butt of jokes, many times deservedly so, yet the guy actually had some talent and could write a decent song every now and then. I would argue that this is one of them.

The Original

Sonny Bono:

This is an alternate version. The sound quality is not nearly as good but it’s worth checking out just to see the controlled rage Sonny seems to be in as he sings the lyrics.

The Cover Songs Competition

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Otis Ball vs. Mott the Hoople

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Otis Ball:

Mott the Hoople:

You don’t suppose Ian Hunter could have related to these lyrics, possibly turning a few heads every now and then with his look? He obviously dug the song, resurrecting it for live shows during his solo career.

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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