Ain’t NOTHING like the REAL THING baby. Unless of course it’s a cover song. You’ve got your OK cover songs, your good cover songs, and then there’s the ones that might even be better than the original. Am I allowed to say that on the radio? Or at least a new take on the original that is good enough to stand on its own. Are they riding on the coat-tails of someone else’s genius or are they taking that Genius One Step Further? You decide. It’s Dealer’s Choice.
As always I love when people play along. I am no DJ Diva, I do not need to be the center of attention. I enjoy reading your choices as much as I enjoy putting mine together. So come on down! If you’re feeling extra PLUCKY, put your own post together and LINK RIGHT UP, I’ve finally put a Linky in!
As Music Director of this lovely show, I feel compelled to tell you that there are loosey goosey rules. If you’re gonna link-up there must be a song mention in your post. OR just put your choices in the comment section. Other than that. Do the Five Song Thing if you like, it’s my favorite way. Or do it your own way, that’s good too! My Co-Host Kristi from Finding Ninee is back this week and she does her own super special version. A story, silly drawings and a song! Click anywhere her name and a link show up and you’ll Move On Down to her post. She’s also in the Linky go give her some love, and all the other linkers too!
For next week’s topic we will paint a picture. You were in a SERIOUS/CASUAL relationship and now by no choice of your own it’s over. You’re gonna tell HIM/HER that HE/SHE Would Be So Better Off If He’d Stayed With You.
Now down to the DJ stylings of that Twisted MixTape lady with her choice of Top 5 Best Covers of ALL TIME. (OK maybe not all time, let’s just say for now).
Once upon a time I managed a CD Store, a short-lived phenomenon, the kind where you could “Listen Before You Buy.” I had access to anything that came in a box from the record company, BEFORE you did. That is when this particular song crossed my Radar. Since the internet was still a baby, the chances of me discovering this album at its release were iffy. You may or may not know, that I do have an obsession with the Carpenter’s, Don’t Judge, so I probably would have found it. That voice, the emotion – it’s enough. And I am not alone; the long list of Big Names that participated in the Cover Album If I Were a Carpenter – Various Artists is all the evidence I need. Here’s Dishwalla with It’s Going to Take Some Time. (btw the album version is much better, sorry Dishwalla)(also, great song to jam to in your car, window’s down, volume UP)
OK, so if you don’t already know the GENIUS of Ben Fold’s Five I am including the link to my fave album. BECAUSE he is a GENIUS. Did I mention that? Here is his rendition of Steely Dan’s Barrytown, you may not know this song if you are not Dually Obsessed with Steely Dan and The Carpenter’s, however it is a treat to my musical ears. The song came from the soundtrack to Me, Myself & Irene (Music from the Motion Picture) – Various Artists and it is filled with many more listen worthy Steely Dan covers. I will link the live version at the bottom of the post, because I think it is important to note that Ben Folds is NEVER off-key. (also he’s cute in a geeky sort of way)
There have been some really great Beatle’s Cover Songs. It was actually hard to choose, Blackbird by Sarah MacLachlan, With a Little Help From My Friends by both Joe Cocker and Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 who also covered Fool on the Hill, Hey Jude by the Grateful Dead, We Can Work it Out by Stevie Wonder, and there are literally 1oo others. I could do a MixTape on best Beatles Covers in a heartbeat. But since this is just BEST COVERS I chose: Got to Get You Into My Life by Earth Wind and Fire. Man is this song smooth. And for your viewing pleasure, here is the version as a clip from the movie Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Yes those are the Gibbs, and Peter Frampton there at the end.
Now I loved this song in its original form by Roberta Flack. But I always thought it was so sad. This version, gives it a beat that you can jam to. Another car-tune with the window’s DOWN. Killing Me Softly by The Fugees.
I love me some me some Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66, you may notice I tweet Pandora often about my love for brazilian music (insert belly laugh here, like you follow my each and every tweet!). I was first introduced to Brazilian Music in the form of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Brazil 66 by my father who had a close friend in Brazil. He would always come home with a new RECORD album. We had full REEL TO REEL’s (for you youngin’s google it) of Bossa Nova and Samba. And those beautiful mellow voices of the amazing Brazilian Musicians. I had lots of cover choices from Sergio and Brazil 66. I think you’ll like this one, the song you probably know best by Simon & Garfunkel, Scarborough Fair by Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66. (It is interesting to note that although we attribute this song to Simon & Garfunkel, their version is actually a cover too. Scarborough Fair is an old English folk song dating back to the 1670’s! The first time the general public heard this song was in 1941 as part of the soundtrack of Manhunt.)
I’m sorry, I tried not to break my own rules. I have to include this song because, WHY? I love The Carpenter’s I SAID IT, now move along. They have their share of cover’s, one of the best known is Ticket to Ride however for this list I chose something less known, and way more happy! Jambalaya originally written and recorded by Hank Williams in 1952.
Honorable mention goes to De La Soul for Three is the Magic Number. Not an actual cover of the song Three is the Magic Number from School House Rock, but an awesome version.
And because you know you need this list, Click on these links to buy on iTunes:
It’s Going to Take Some Time – If I Were a Carpenter
Barrytown – Me, Myself & Irene (Music from the Motion Picture)
Got to Get You Into My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits
Killing Me Softly With His Song – Fugees: Greatest Hits
Feria Scarborough (Scarborough Fair) – Greatest Hits
Please hook up with us! We love LOVE your lists! See you next week for You Belong With Me.
And Here’s the link to the Live Version of Ben Fold’s doing Barrytown.
Thanks for playing!