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t bedford

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Thanks to Cindy for the birthday party. I think there's a slice or 2 of cake still to be had. While you're there, don't forget to vote!

This week we’re looking for songs reimagined. Not just remakes, like Linda Ronstadt singing a Buddy Holly song, growling where Buddy growls, etc. We want cover versions that are significantly different than the original. Here are your choices:

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is a jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. The tune was originally called "Never No Lament" and was first recorded by Ellington in 1940 as a big-band instrumental. Russell's lyrics and the new title were reimagined in 1942. And here it is reimagined again, this time as a rock song.
Paul McCartney (from 1988's Choba B CCCP): Don’t Get Around Much Anymore


"Temptation" is a popular song published in 1933, with music written by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed. The song was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1933 film Going Hollywood.
The Everly Brothers (single from May 1961, charted #27): Temptation


“Fever” is a song popularized by Peggy Lee, written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell (who used the pseudonym John Davenport). It was originally recorded by American R&B singer Little Willie John in 1956 and released as a single in April of the same year.
The McCoys (single from November 1965, charted #7): Fever


“They Can’t Take That Away from Me”is a 1937 song written by George and Ira Gershwin and introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1937 film Shall We Dance.
Brian Wilson (from 2010's Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin): They Can’t Take That Away from Me


Here they are for cut & paste ease:
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Paul McCartney
Temptation - The Everly Brothers
Fever - The McCoys
They Can’t Take That Away from Me - Brian Wilson

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t, 'Fever' is blocked here in Australia. 

These work here. 

I trust they are the same recording as your choice. 






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Thanks Darren, have replaced it. It doesn't work here anymore either, because it used to.

If anyone else has a problem with clips, let me know.


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Generally speaking I don't really enjoy 'rockers' old-farting their way through those classic international hits ranging from the roaring 20s into the late 40s/early 50s.  I usually prefer it when they do it in a style that speaks to their own body of work rather than re-arranging their song to suit a bygone era.

Why?  It seldom rings true.  It's pandering to an audience which likely won't even hear it.

That said...here goes.

Gold by eons...The McCoys-Fever.  They made this Little Willie John classic their own.
Silver...The Cleverly brothers...Don and Phil and Temptation.  Well done but the McCoys have a quite a bit more needed GRIT.
Bronze...Brian's 'take' on Their trying to take that away from him...That being bronze and They being...Sir Paul.
Tin...Paul Macko-Don't Get Around Much Anymore.  I like this WAY better than that oldies 'thing' he did more recently.  THAT album was just plain painful to listen to.  This one almost grabbed 3rd away from Brian but not quite.


This one is interesting.

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Ya t...only Macko and the Everlys worked here.  But, of course I own the missing ingredients so...not a problem for this old codger.

P.S.  Darren's refills don't work either.
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Others who should have left well enough alone...

Rod Stewart...and not once which might have been OK...but 4 or 5 times.  What the H was he thinking?
Eric Clapton...with raised eyebrow I thought..."Really?"  No...not really.  In fact No.  Not at all Eric.
Bob Dylan...Zimmy.  You said I could call you that...and a LOT of other names.  Was Wrongheaded or Stupid any of them?
Robert Palmer...R.I.P.  If not I'd be carving HIM a new one too.
Linda Ronstadt...One of the first culprits.  Tumbling dice indeed.  She tossed 'em...and lost.

One song at a time I can see.  A whole album's worth?  Good gawd no.  [although Chicago are at least suited to it.]
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t bedford

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Lee, do McCoys & BW work for you now?

Meanwhile, here's a really different one. A friend of mine owned this LP:
The Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band - Purple Haze:

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oh, there's so so many i'd love to bring here,
but (for now at least),
here's a french band, nouvelle vague,
who brought a bossa nova to some of their favourite songs
on a couple of fine albums. 
and memories of faaab live shows in brighton and glastonbury.
here's some live stuff:



though the recordings are yet more refined:


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and, some of the finest reinterpretations of almost current songs,
produced by rick rubin
by a man heading towards the end of his life,
exposing himself with dignity, humour and suitable gravitas...
the great johnny cash:

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Lee Marshall

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No t.  Still "not available"
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t, I've asked Lisa if she can find links that WILL play in Canada. 
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T, this is great idea to "reimagine and the problem could be/would be where does a cover differ (as you so eloquently stated) from an artist making it their own version?  I  LOVED Linda Ronstadt doing any of her interprets/covers but "that's just me".  Obviously, with Brian, this was the theme of that album and did the "reimagining" take place with the two featured songs being rewritten or the entire reinterpretation process?  I hear Lee as well speaking to the "why do this" go back into something that has been covered far too much.  So is it reimaging, or reinterpreting? 

Here is someone (gone too fast) who got the idea of making things her own, Eva Cassidy, taking the goofiness away from the original and getting down to the bones of it:


I had the privilege to hear this artist last evening.  Is she covering or interpreting possibly the most reimagined songwriter of a generation (ours) and nails it and makes it hers:

Was she reinterpreting or simply making it "her show"?
Note her keyboard player, Barry Manilow in the back.

The Trilogy performed by an artist who seemed to make everything HIS:


Hey T, good getting Cleveland's McCoys into this and reimagine away:

Votes later in the week!


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Here are my votes this week, t.

GOLD:  Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Paul McCartney.  Never heard this one before and I like it a lot.

SILVER:  They Can’t Take That Away from Me - Brian Wilson.  If this one had been I Loves You, Porgy, it would've gotten my gold vote.  Brian was just incredible in that one.

BRONZE:  Fever - The McCoys.  This one starts out almost identical to Hang On Sloopy!

TIN/PEWTER:  Temptation - The Everly Brothers.

My final answer!

Cindy



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Interesting theme, t. The first one that came to mind:

"Blue Moon", written by Rodgers and Hart for a movie in 1934. It was a hit in 1949 for both Billy Eckstine and Mel Tormé. Then recorded in 1956 by Elvis and in 1961 by the Marcels (when it went to #1 in the US and UK).



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Hi t.


Devo, "Beautiful World"




And Rage Against The Machine, doing something completely different with it.





Nena, such a lovely voice.  "99 Red Balloons."




Goldfinger change it up a bit.  (Smashing up your guitar is sooo old hat.)






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