Monday Mix: Cover Letter

As promised but super late here’s my cover song playlist. Kick things off with, of course, a William Shatner cover. The original is, of course, Pulp. This version features vocals from Joe Jackson (of “Is She Really Going Out With Him” fame), and a completely different feel than the original.  Spotify link is below, with tracklist and commentary after the jump.

Spotify Playlist

  • Bauhaus – Third Uncle: The original is on Brian Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). Brian Eno is some kind of future music prophet, and Bauhaus was the band vampire David Bowie was in (in 1983’s The Hunger, a Cosmic Joker top pick). How could it be anything but great?
  • Galaxie 500 – Isn’t It A Pity: The original is from George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. Clearly I am on a Galaxie 500 kick recently. If you like the song you should check out the Concert for George version, which features the fabulous Billy Preston.
  • Seu Jorge – Ziggy Stardust: Guys you know I like David Bowie, but you may not know that I’m also a sucker for Wes Anderson movies. This cover is from The Life Aquatic soundtrack.
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hound Dog: Believe it or not, the original was released as a single by Big Mama Thornton in 1953. Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding barking really makes this version.
  • Devo – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction: If you only know Devo because of Whip It, you’re really doing yourself a disservice. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! is great, not least because you’ll never think about the Rolling Stones the same way again. Grab a copy and enjoy the freewheeling inside joke gone too far that is early Devo.
  • Aretha Franklin – Respect: At Monterrey Pop Otis Redding said that Aretha Franklin “took” what is probably her best known song. The tone of the Otis Redding version is more bluesy, and doesn’t include the signature “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” section.
  • Rod Stewart – (I Know) I’m Losing You: From Every Picture Tells a Story, which is a Cosmic Joker top pick. The original is by The Temptations, although the highest charting version is the cover by Rare Earth.
  • Richard Cheese – Creep: As it turns out, everyone’s least favorite Radiohead song makes great lounge jazz.
  • Rolf Harris – Stairway to Heaven: Classic, goofy Rolf Harris. That bouncing sound is his “wobble board,” which is just a piece of particle board that he shakes.
  • Talking Heads – Take Me to the River: Had to end on a high note.
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