Reversing the Numbness

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

I think I'm in the mood to do a theme this week, so let's go with: covers. What are your favorite covers ever? As always, I'll listen and respond to everything.

I'll start things off with this little bit of pure beauty.



Okay, the Flying Burrito Brothers actually recorded the song first, but Keith and Mick wrote it. Does that count as a cover? I guess not, but I'm starting the day with it anyway.

33 comments:

getto said...

Sweet, of course:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laAKSinSxbw

Mungerphut said...

Nirvana covering David Bowie is a pleasure to hear & see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=209ArurxVG4&feature=related

One of my favorite covers is the Hindu Love Gods covering Prince's Raspberry Beret. The HLG is REM minus Michael Stipe with Warren Zevon singing-- great song, great version, but no Youtube vid.

Mungerphut said...

Elvis doing Neil Diamond, one of the best ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y00vd5HM_08

Helen Mansfield said...

I don't know what I like better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_iQZiVD_zA

The randomness of the video, or the bizzare delivery of the song.

The Dalai Mama said...

Here's one I think you'll really like. 

The Dalai Mama said...

Here's another one.  It's definitley one of my favorite covers ever.  I think you'll enjoy it too 'cause I know the album it was on was as huge for you as it was for me.

The Dalai Mama said...

Oh my God, they just keep coming!  I think I have a knack for finding covers that I know you'll love.  And this one.  Oh my!  Check this one out.

jeffk said...

Speaking of the Burrito Brothers, here's my favorite - their cover of Dylan's "To Ramona."

Mom! Toilets blogged! said...

The Dead cover every body.

I just i-poded my way home from the Indy show and can not express how nice an i-pod makes air travel.

I'm just afraid I'm going to miss my gate call now, so I sit as close to the ramp as I can with a trip wire tied to my toe.

Volume volume, turn up the volume!

Mom!

Devil Mood said...

Oh I love that song. And this may be heretic to say but I prefer Jewel's version, because I'm partial to a strong female voice, it adds more passion to it, I think.

I suggest some brazilian music. Seu Jorge and his song Burguesinha. It's critical of higher class girls that do nothing but go to the gym and party all night. ;)

Zee said...

Here's a fun one!

Matthes said...

Alien Ant Farm-Smooth Criminal


Best. Cover. Ever.

getto said...

I already posted the original in a previous "Friday Music" post, but this cover is even BETTER:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ltjbnyvq_SI

SleekPelt said...

geto boy: The recording wasn't very good, but a Neil cover was one hell of a way to start the day. It sounded like the fans were really into it.

mungerphut: That's a classic, and I figured somebody would suggest it. I'll have to try to find that HLG song. And that Elvis cover of Neil is also exceptional. With you being the president of the Morgantown chapter of the Elvis Aaron Presley fan club, the request doesn't surprise me at all.

helen: Very, very strange. I like strange!

dm: I don't know where to start -- it's like you really know me! The second I saw Biz I jumped for joy, and I was actually impressed with his vocals on that Elton cover. I also like the Mrs. Robinson cover, but believe it or not, the version of It's a Shame About Ray that I had didn't have that track on it. It was added to later versions, and as you know, I got CDs early in those days. Radiohead's "Nobody Does it Better" is an old favorite, of course, and Cash's cover of "Hurt" is brilliant too. Then to finish it with Cowboy Junkies version of "Sweet Jane"? This is one of the best multi-requests since Friday Music began.

SleekPelt said...

jeffk: You're an enabler in my recently acquired Burrito Brothers addiction. You should be ashamed of yourself. I, of course, am loving it.

mom: I spun "Hard to Handle," live in Canada, circa '70, feature Pigpen, of course.

Helen Mansfield said...

Dalai Mama, those were inspired choices! Radiohead singing "Nobody Does It Better?" I had no idea.

Cowboy Junkies' "Trinity Sessions" is in my top 10 all-time favorite albums.

sleekpelt said...

devil mood: Are you thinking of the Sundays version by chance? If not, I'm going to have to check out the Jewel version. Seau Jorge is new to me and that song is fun. While I was at it I listened to his version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" which was nice. It almost sounded like he was singing it with Ray Charles.

Devil Mood said...

I know the Sundays but I don't know that version. Jewel's version is...well, more emotional. Perhaps it's a woman-thing.
Seu Jorge sings that too? I will have to check it out.

SleekPelt said...

devil mood: Check out the Sunday's version here. Here's where I heard the Jorge song, but I guess I can only assume it's him, as this isn't an official page or anything.

Devil Mood said...

I don't think that's him. He's page is on myspace.com/seujorgebrasil and even that is unnofficial. The internet is a crazy place ;)

I like the Sunday's version but it's still too soft. It needs more fire :)

SleekPelt said...

devil mood: You're right; I think that's Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles. It's a cover, though, so it still fits the theme! I just checked out a live version of Jewel singing it. She does sound good but I'm still feelin' the Burrito Brothers' version to most.

zee: I'm still on my Ramones kick, so this fits right into it. Nice.

matthes: Man, I went into this with the memory of a total crap song, but I actually think it's pretty cool. And I like the white kid breakdancing in it -- reminds me of myself when I was his age.

SleekPelt said...

geto boy: Ha! That's great.

Hey, isn't this a cover? Wait, maybe it isn't....

;)

getto said...

Firstly, B. you are THE MAN. I looove Bobby- I was just thinking about 'bout him this morn. This track is heading straight for the iPod!
Second, I had no idea that the DM was hitting the Biz. That was pure coincidence- two posts pertaining to Biz Markie- weird.

getto said...

Oh yea, and the Neil cover is much better on the original DMB album. Best I could do. I was going to video my cover of the song...

*dalyn said...

alright... LETS ROCK!
OK the beginning is just a TAD over the top. (and for the record, i am NOT a Van Halen fan!)
Van Halen - You Really Got Me (originally kinks)

Jeff Healey - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (originally beatles)

Love And Rockets - Ball Of Confusion (originally temptations)

The Clash - I Fought The Law (originally buddy holly)

Rob Zero said...

Great topic Sleek.

Here's a killer MC5 cover:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bN6oZRs9JA

Normally, in the past I've called I call for a moratorium on all KOTJ covers, but this is the frickin' Hellacopters.

Couldn't find it online, but look for the Supersuckers' cover of the Commodore's "Sail On"... it's masterful.

Sleek, there is a killer full-length documentary on Gram Parsons. Highly recommended.

Erin O'Brien said...

Every. Single. One. Of. You. Stop. Right. Now.

Frank Sinatra's cover of "Mrs. Robinson."

There, I'm done.

SleekPelt said...

geto boy: I aim to please.

dalyn and zoltan: I'm definitely not a Van Halen fan either, but there are a couple of them here on RtN from time to time. No question Eddie is one of the great rock guitarists of all time, and this song showcases his chops. Jeff Healey -- I like this guy. My pal J-Ko and I sang "Angel Eyes" loudly walking down to streets of Brooklyn last year, much to the chagrin on the DM and J-Ko's better half. This is a cool rendition, and let's give Jeff full props for his stellar role in Roadhouse; Love and Rockets -- I'm just sorta getting into these guys, and this is a pretty cool song; The Clash -- now we're talking. Money. Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

rob: Glad you like, it, Rob! I think I'll go with the '60s this Friday. Zee turned me on to Hellacopters guys a while back. The first time I ever heard this song was by Bad Brains and Henry Rollins on the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack. This is definitely a killer cover. I couldn't find the Supersuckers' cover of it, but here's Eddie Spaghetti's version. So awesome. Is the full band version mellow like this, or does it rock out? I will definitely be watching that documentary as my addiction strengthens.

erin the great: Yes, this is definitely worth stopping for. Excellent suggestion!

Friday Music is still open if anyone has more "cover" suggestions. This Friday, "The '60s."

Thanks!

josh williams said...

That guy, I can't remember his name but he covers Simon and Garfunkles The Boxer pretty well. He plays on Tuesdays at a pizza joint within walking distance to my house,or at least he did five years ago. Now I'm hungry for pizza!

Rob Zero said...

Call me a softy, but here's one of the best covers ever. Gives me chills.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3T8xr274q8

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

Am I too late?

Ray LaMontagne: Hold You In My Arms.

Sia : Breathe Me.

Imogen Heap: Hide and Seek.

Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk: Paperweight.

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

Right... read the post, THEN comment. Missed the "covers" thing. I was too eager to post some non-diva selections. Boo.

SleekPelt said...

josh: Oh, that guy?

rob: Neil Young is always cool. I love that cover.

IF: Friday Music never closes, and no worries on the topic. You're 4 for 4 this week. Ray -- I really like this guy for like three songs at a time. This is a good one; Sia -- Friday Music encore. I'm a sucker for a girl and a piano; Imogen Heap -- Another encore, this is a strange song but I kinda like it. I need to check more of this girl's stuff out; Josh and Schuyler -- this is really nice and she's easy on the eyes. Totally new to me. Thanks!