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Saturday video break: Cool For Cats

Is it really a cover when the lead singer of a band re-does one of that band’s songs as a solo artist? Here’s Squeeze, with Chris Difford at the wheel, doing “Cool For Cats”: Sometimes solo artists completely change the song of their former band when they record it on their own. Phil Collins’ “Behind […]

Saturday video break: Come Together

I think we’re all familiar with the original version of this one, so since I just have cover versions of it, let’s go straight to those. First, here’s Aerosmith: Steven Tyler was two years younger than I am right now when that was done. I should look so good without a shirt. On that note, […]

Saturday video break: Come Down In Time

Not one of Elton John’s biggest hits, but a lovely tune nonetheless: And a very good cover of it by Sting, from the “Two Rooms” tribute to Sir Elton and Bernie Taupin: Sting’s voice just works on that song, doesn’t it? That naturally led to the two of them performing it together: And there you […]

Saturday video break: Cold Shot

The one and only Stevie Ray Vaughan, ladies and gentlemen: I had no idea SRV even did MTV-style music videos. That one was amusing, if somewhat disturbing. I like how he has an endless supply of guitars at his fingertips. And speaking of fingertips, here’s Doctor John tickling the ivories for his cover of “Cold […]

Saturday video break: Centerfold

I’m sure you’re familiar with the original, by the J. Geils Band: J. Geils was one part quality classic rock band, one part novelty act. This was probably their biggest hit, and it seems somehow fitting that my favorite cover of it was done by a novelty band, Hayseed Dixie. Like cheesy lounge versions, corny […]

Saturday video break: Casey Jones

And we go back even farther, to the early 70s and one of the enduring hits of the Grateful Dead: I figure with all the bootlegs out there, there are probably more live recordings of songs like “Casey Jones” than almost anything else. Here’s a version by Warren Zevon and David Lindley from the great […]

Saturday video break: Careless Whisper

Back to the 80s, a time and place we’ve visited more than a few times, and one of the biggest hits by Wham!. I wasn’t a big fan of Wham! back in the day, but this was the song of theirs I liked the most. I was amused when it made Dave Barry’s “Book of […]

Saturday video break: Bridge Over Troubled Water

One of the best songs Paul Simon ever wrote, and he wrote it for Art Garfunkel’s voice. Hard to top that, but you can approach it with your own sense of style. That’s what Johnny Cash did. I’ll say again, when The Man In Black sings “When times are tough, and pain is all around/Like […]

Saturday video break: Brain Damage

An iconic song from an iconic album: Two iconic songs, really, since “Brain Damage” leads inexorably to “Eclipse”; I’d say 90% of the time the former is played on the radio, the latter comes along as well. By the way, the notes on the video says this is an “Early 1972 mix”, so if it […]

Saturday video break: Born To Add

I’ve already done the videos for Bruce Springsteen’s classic “Born To Run”. Now here’s a classic of a different kind: Clearly, some people at the Children’s Television Workshop really get The Boss.

Saturday video break: Blue Moon

“Blue Moon” is a Rodgers and Hart song with a complicated history and a number of iconic versions. The first time it was a hit was when it was recorded by the Velvet Fog himself, Mel Torme: Gotta love the voice, but the arrangement is a product of its time, and not really my cup […]

Saturday video break: Birdland

Time for some jazz, which in the 70′s was often married with funk. Here’s the standard of that type and that era, “Birdland”, originally by The Weather Report: Was there a high school jazz band in the 80s that didn’t play this song? Mine sure did. Hand me my sax right now, put me down […]

Saturday video break: Barefootin’

I’ve sung the praises of Pete Townshend’s Deep End Live concert before, and here’s another awesome cut from it, “Barefootin’”: Back in the day when mixtapes were a thing, I’d make party music mixes, and this would be my go-to song to lead things off and get the festivities started. I mean, come on, how […]

Saturday video break: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The good thing about drafting a couple of these in advance is I don’t get caught late in the week needing to put a post together for Saturday. The downside is that I might forget where I am alphabetically. Oopsie. So, this song. Let’s start with a classic version, from when it was composed, featuring […]

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 […]