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Saturday video break: Beautiful

Another installment of Same Name, Different Song. The song is “Beautiful”, and our first contestants are G. Love & Special Sauce, featuring Tristan Prettyman: I do love me a good duet. G. Love has a new album out that you can download from Noisetrade if you like what you heard. For a different Beautiful song, […]

Saturday video break: Baby Got Back

I trust this needs no introduction: Have you read the oral history of that video yet? Go ahead, I’ll wait. Besides, you know what’s coming next, right? You’re probably also aware of the Latin translation of the lyrics, which qualifies as an Internet classic these days. But perhaps you haven’t seen this: Yeah, I’d say […]

Saturday video break: Baby Come Back To Me

Time for some vocal harmonies, and a great place to start with that is The Manhattan Transfer. Here’s their oft-covered version of “Baby, Come Back To Me (The Morse Code Of Love)”: If you’re around my age, you probably saw them perform that on a PBS special or something like that. Possibly you knew or […]

Saturday video break: America

Has there ever been a better free concert than the one Simon and Garfunkel did in Central Park in 1981? Here they are doing “America”: I love Simon’s joke about “the guys who are selling loose joints” donating half their profits to the city. And here, for the second week in a row, is Yes, […]

Saturday video break: Amazing Grace

This may be the most covered song of all time. Here’s a traditional rendition from The Rogues: I once said on Facebook that all bagpipes come with three songs preinstalled: Scotland The Brave, The Minstrel Boy, and Amazing Grace. Hearing this tune on the pipes always gives me a chill. For a slightly less traditional […]

Saturday video break: All Around My Hat

Songs from the folks tradition are by definition covers, since there obviously is no original recording. One of my favorites is All Around My Hat. It was a hit for Steeleye Span in the 70s: Later, Status Quo covered Steeleye’s version, with Steeleye lead singer Maddy Prior on harmony vocals: The thing about folks music […]

Friday random ten: We’re not an American band

So after reading about Bruce Springsteen’s tour down under, I went looking for songs by non-American artists in my collection. 1. Dancing Queen – ABBA (Sweden) 2. Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC (Australia) 3. Full Force Gale – Van Morrison (Ireland) 4. Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus? – Charo (Spain) 5. Distant Early Warning – […]

Saturday video break: After You’ve Gone

This song is almost 100 years old, and it qualifies as a standard. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, here’s the original version, by Marion Harris: I’m impressed there’s still a recording around of that. The first place I encountered this song was in the movie “All That Jazz”, but unfortunately I can’t find […]

Saturday video break: After The Fire

I didn’t mean to start this series out with two Pete Townshend songs in a row, but I’m going alphabetically and this is what came next. It’s also one of my favorite songs, from one of my desert island CDs: Love the song, and totally love the CD, “Deep End Live!”; you can see the […]

Saturday video break: The Acid Queen

Not many rock groups could pull off the “concept album” without it descending into a morass of self-indulgence and wretched excess. The Who was one of the bands that could get away with it, because Pete Townshend was such a genius. Here’s The Acid Queen, from their rock opera “Tommy”: Did I mention that adding […]

Saturday video break: Everyone’s a Captain Kirk

How is it that I’d never actually seen the video for “99 Red Balloons” before? One of life’s little mysteries, I suppose. And may I just say…leather pants. God, I miss the 80s sometimes. I also got to wondering if there were any decent cover versions of this. Here’s Goldfinger: That’s pretty good. Here’s another, […]

Saturday video break: I’ll be in Scotland afore ye

Have you ever heard the expression “You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road”, and wondered where it came from? It’s from a traditional song called “Loch Lomond”. Coverville had a great version of it recently. I love a sad song with a good melody. Googling around, I saw on the Wikipedia […]

Saturday video break: Born To Run

Still spinning tunes for Wendy Davis: She’s not the Wendy of the song, of course, which is just as well, what with the whole dying tonight in the streets thing. Still, the point here is to get fired up, and if this doesn’t do it for you, you might want to see about taking some […]

Saturday video break: Respect

At long last, we come to Song #1 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list. It’s “Respect”, originally by Otis Redding, and of course covered by Aretha Franklin. Here’s the original: Admit it, you’ve never heard that version before. It’s smoking hot, and Otis Redding is a national treasure. But “Respect” begins and ends with […]

Saturday video break: All Along The Watchtower

Song #2 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “All Along The Watchtower”, originally by Bob Dylan and covered by Jimi Hendrix. For the umpteenth time, I can say I’d never heard the original before now. Honestly, I’m a bit surprised that in all these years of classic rock radio, no deejay has ever […]

Saturday video break: (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

Song #3 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?”, originally by Brinsley Schwarz and covered by Elvis Costello. Here’s the original: Nick Lowe, whom I can’t say I’d ever heard of a few years ago, is one of those artists that I wish I’d known more […]

Saturday video break: Hallelujah, again

Song #4 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Hallelujah”, originally by Leonard Cohen and covered by everyone on the planet many artists, in this case Jeff Buckley. Here’s the original: We’ve covered this one before, as it were. I’ll refer you to that post and to that discussion of the song’s evolution for […]

Saturday video break: Hurt

Song #5 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Hurt”, originally by Nine Inch Nails and covered by Johnny Cash. Such a powerful song, and you can really feel what Trent Reznor is singing. Now here’s the Man In Black: Wow. Now that’s what they had in mind when the idea of music videos […]

Saturday video break: Nothing Compares 2 U

Song #6 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Nothing Compares 2 U”, originally by The Family and covered by Sinead O’Connor. Here’s the original: Say it with me now: I’ve never heard this version, or of this group, which the Popdose writer says “was a group formed from the ashes of The Time”, […]

Saturday video break: Twist And Shout

Song #7 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Twist And Shout”, originally by The Isley Brothers and covered by The Beatles. Here’s the original: Dave Barry has written about how much he prefers this version to the Beatles’ version – he called it the kind of song that if it comes on the […]

Saturday video break: Piece Of My Heart

Song #8 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Piece Of My Heart”, originally by Erma Franklin and covered by Big Brother and the Holding Company. Here’s the original: The late Erma Franklin is Aretha Franklin’s big sister. I had no idea. Nor had I ever heard this version before, and I must say […]

Saturday video break: Sweet Jane

Song #9 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Sweet Jane”, originally by The Velvet Underground and covered by The Cowboy Junkies. Here’s the original: Don’t think I’d heard that before. Of course, I’m not well versed on the Underground’s catalog – besides the obvious “Walk On The Wild Side”, I have “Rock And […]

Saturday video break: Hazy Shade Of Winter

Song #10 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Hazy Shade Of Winter”, originally by Simon & Garfunkel and covered by The Bangles. Here’s S&G: This one I’d heard before – I’m pretty sure I knew The Bangles’ version was a cover of S&G back when I was hearing it on the radio in […]

Saturday video break: Papa Was A Rolling Stone

Song #11 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”, originally by The Undisputed Truth and covered by the Temptations. Here’s the original: Not what I expected. Sometimes with these originals I’d never heard before they were obscure (to me, at least) with good reason. This is too good a […]

Saturday video break: Take Me To The River

Song #12 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Take Me To The River”, originally by Al Green and covered by the Talking Heads. Here’s the Rev. Al: If you’ve seen The Commitments, you will recognize that this is what they were covering, not the Talking Heads version. Which makes sense given what that […]

Saturday video break: Proud Mary

Song #13 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Proud Mary”, originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival and covered by Ike & Tina Turner. Here’s CCR: Great band, and I love John Fogerty’s voice, even if some of his enunciations are a bit weird. Still, an awesome song that is also in my vocal range. […]

Friday random ten: Going deep

My inspiration this week comes from John Scalzi: Name a favorite “deep cut” from a band you like. A “deep cut” meaning a track that was never a single or radio/video hit and wouldn’t generally be known to people who are not already huge fans of that particular band. His commenters left a ton of […]

Saturday video break: With A Little Help From My Friends

Song #14 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “With A Little Help From My Friends”, originally by The Beatles and covered by Joe Cocker. Here’s the original: One thing I’ve always liked about that song is that it’s right in my own vocal range. I used to be a low-end tenor, though my […]

Saturday video break: Tainted Love

Song #15 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Tainted Love”, originally by Gloria Jones and covered by Soft Cell. Here’s the original: I’ve covered this before, if you will. It’s still pretty mind-blowing to hear this as a Motown song, even if you can totally see the straight line from this version to […]

Saturday video break: The Man Who Sold The World

Song #16 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “The Man Who Sold The World”, originally by David Bowie and covered by Nirvana. Here’s the original: It’s a great song, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard the Bowie version on the radio. The version we’ve all heard on the radio is Nirvana’s: Still […]

Saturday video break: I Fought The Law

Song #17 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “I Fought The Law”, originally by Bobby Fuller Four and covered by The Clash. Here’s the original: I always pair this song in my mind with John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Authority Song” – same basic concept, both set to a bouncy beat. Now here’s The Clash: […]

Saturday video break: I Feel For You

Song #18 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “I Feel For You”, originally by Prince and covered by Chaka Khan. Typically, Prince videos are not easily available. Here then is as reasonable a facsimile that I could find: It’s the bow ties that really sell it to me. If you like, there’s also […]

Saturday video break: Crossroads

Song #19 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Crossroads”, originally by Robert Johnson and covered by Cream. Here’s the original: Robert Johnson was just an amazing pioneer of blues music, who had a huge influence on rock and roll music. Odds are pretty good that if you like rock, you’re familiar with some […]

Saturday video break: Der Kommissar

Song #20 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Der MKmmissar”, originally by Falco and covered by After the Fire. Here’s the original: I guess I have to add this to the “originals I’d not heard before” list, since I didn’t know the original was in German. Unlike many other unknown-to-me originals, this one […]