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I used to live around the corner from the Inn San Francisco. It's on South Van Ness which is very different from regular Van Ness. The latter is a major commercial corridor but SVN is a residential part of the Mission district. If you've ever seen The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the beautiful old house that's featured in the movie is on the same block as the Inn.

When we lived in the neighborhood during the late 80s/early 90s, there were sex workers who did their business on the surrounding streets. We occasionally had to shoo them away from turning tricks while blocking our driveway. I've seen articles recently that it's still an issue. In spite of that, I loved living in the Mission and that neighborhood will always have a special place in my heart.
The man who owns the Inn San Francisco, or at least the man who owned it back then, was super nice. I asked him if I could send a bottle of wine to him with a note, and he or someone there set it up in my friends' room for their arrival. He said yes, and he said he would upgrade them to his best room if it wasn't booked at that time. He ended up upgrading them to the fanciest room, put out the wine and note, and he or one of his workers added chocolates and other treats to go with the wine. My friends said he was so nice, as were his family and staff. I remember them mentioning a big dog that lived there, too. They had a great stay. The memory will last forever, but their marriage did not. They divorced four years ago.
 
When I was a youngen, I thought human beings was spelled human beans for much longer than I should have. My mom still laughs about that sometimes. The Human Beinz made me think of that. Their cover of "Nobody But Me" is the version I know the best. It's a fun record and sounds so 60s.
 
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I was close to a couple of the class officers and I had no shot at "most likely to succeed" or "best looking", so they threw me a bone :lol:

That's like how I happened to be pretty good friends with the main photographer for our collegiate yearbook plus some of the staff, so I wound up all over the yearbook my senior year. I think I had like three or four candid photos in it, and the school had 2700 students. That's way too much rockaction for any yearbook to have, IMO. I'm wearing this stupid, dirty white hat the whole time, too. I just look awful in retrospect. Get a shower, you bum.
 
When I was youngen, I thought human beings was spelled human beans for much longer than I should have. My mom still laughs about that sometimes. The Human Beinz made me think of that. Their cover of "Nobody But Me" is the version I know the best. It's a fun record and sounds so 60s.

That's an awesome song. Lyres do a cover of "Nobody But Me" and I was inclined to wonder what the point was since the Human Beinz nailed that song. How could you out-frat rock the original? It was impossible to do so.
 
Alright, so I've already detailed that my next two reveals will be a double wombo combo from the same covering artist, what about the next two? Well they're both live covers, the first is from the covering artist in question's Live Lounge session, the concept of which, much like Radio 1 and the BBC as a whole, rapidly became irrelevant to all much after Jo Whiley left, but it has featured such beauties as Biffy Clyro doing Umbrella, Elbow doing Independent Women, Kaiser Chiefs doing What Time Is Love?, Kasabian doing Out of Space and Starsailor doing Don't Stop Movin', research into which would have given me as a minimum material for an extended last five out. The latter I assumed was also a cover on a Radio 1 live session, given that apparently Mark and Lard were doing backing vocals at the time, but seemingly it was just a straight up cover version on a live show, which later turned up as a B-side on a single off of their most prominent album. The common theme? The lead vocalist knows their cover is ridiculous and can barely stop from breaking out into laughter in both cases
 
Next few picks - the next list has been previewed so will skip that, but the following are:

- Track that has shown up more than once already, so shouldn't be new news but I love the source of how I came to be aware of it

So while it occurs to me this was entirely due to its inclusion in Pulp Fiction and the ridiculousness that is the quality of films in 1994 that it wasn't even the best film not to win Best Picture
 
Also this countdown is great for not only getting new tracks, but recalling old ones - I didn't listen to the cover of whoever picked Paranoid Android, but I've not listened to the track in ages despite Radiohead being my favourite band of all time (despite the avatar lol) and I always forget just how perfect the track is
 
With a bit of renewed energy, I’ll tackle the #17s. They were mostly well-known songs again, including some repeats I probably should include as a special shout-out more often. Though this time, that went to something else. Even with(out) that, per usual I had some narrowing down to do. So let’s get to the spotlighting action!

Recognized by title alone: 21
Sounded familiar: 3
Didn’t Know: 9

Selected Favorites:
Nobody But Me - Human Beinz
Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson
Ballroom Blitz - Tia Carrere
99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger
Sloop John B - The Beach Boys. Add me to the “didn’t think of it but wish I had” pile.

Hadn’t heard before, but liked
Subterranean Homesick Blues - RADIOBOT
Brown Eyed Girl - Jimmy Buffett
Big Mouth Strike Again - Treepeople
Rock & Roll Girl - The Muffs
Snowblind - Black Label Society

Special Shout-out:
To Both Foo Fighter covers: Times Like These (Glen Campbell) and The Pretender (Steve ‘n Seagulls).Both with that country feel, but each very much their own thing.
 
Next few picks - the next list has been previewed so will skip that, but the following are:

- Track that has shown up more than once already, so shouldn't be new news but I love the source of how I came to be aware of it

So while it occurs to me this was entirely due to its inclusion in Pulp Fiction and the ridiculousness that is the quality of films in 1994 that it wasn't even the best film not to win Best Picture
Who the heck voted for Forrest Gump? There are three other movies that are way better on the list that year.
 
My picks from this go 'round

Songs That I Knew the Cover and the Original

Eephus: Times Like These - Glen Campbell (Foo Fighters) - I'm with simey that the Foo's original was good, but I like Glen's better.
Scoresman: Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson (Eurythmics) - this one takes me back. Still own the CD (Smells Like Children) and, aside from Sweet Dreams, it's pretty terrible.
Mrs. Rannous: Ballroom Blitz - Tia Carrere (Sweet)
Chaos34: 99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger (Nena) - Not Just Another Teen Movie was terrible viewing, but the soundtrack was full of great covers like this.


Songs That I Only Know the Original but Really Enjoyed the Cover

Pip’s Invitation: Heart of Gold – Bettye LaVette (Neil Young)
Dr. Octopus: Simple Twist of Fate – Jeff Tweedy (Robert Zimmerman)
The Dreaded Marco: Big Mouth Strikes Again - Treepeople (The Smiths)
Raging weasel: Snowblind – Black Label Society (Black Sabbath)


Song I Like That I Only Know the Cover but not the Original

DrIanMalcolm: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (Robert Hazard) - i first read this as "Robert Pollard" and was like I knew Guided by Voices have been around forever, but that doesn't seem right.
Oliver Humanzee: Wheelchair Epidemic - The Jesus Lizard (The Dicks) - damn I miss the days of bands like Jesus Lizard, Jawbox, and GvsB...
krista4: Sloop John B – The Beach Boys (traditional/first known release by The Weavers)


Songs I Like That I Didn't Know Either Version


JMLs secret identity: Bang en Boomerang - Black-Ingvars (Abba)
rockaction: Rock And Roll Girl – The Muffs (The Beat)


Already “Covered” in an Earlier Post

titusbramble/Doug B: Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon - Urge Overkill (Neil Diamond)
John Maddens Lunchbox: Twist and Shout - The Beatles (The Top Notes)
Ilov80s: Mrs. Robinson - The Lemonheads (Simon and Garfunkel)
Galileo: Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin (Roger Miller)
 
In college I went through some questionable phases in music. At one point I was equally into Dave Matthews Band and Marilyn Manson at the same time, for example.

Not many Manson songs have stuck around in my playlists, but the Sweet Dreams cover has. I feel like it explores the darker side of desire, and the cover really fits the band’s style while keeping true to the original.
I feel like some of Manson's stuff was decent at the time but hasn't aged well. Another good bit was terrible to begin with. The allegations are just another nail. Still, I'll go to bat for Mechanical Animals being a glam classic.
 
15 pointers

This is what I'm here for:
Eephus: Times Like These - Glen Campbell (Foo Fighters)
Andy Dufresne: The Pretender – Steve N Seagulls (Foo Fighters)

Other favorites:
Dr. Octopus:
Simple Twist of Fate – Jeff Tweedy (Robert Zimmerman)
simsarge: Subterranean Homesick Blues - RADIOBOT (Bob Dylan)
zamboni: Marquee Moon - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (Television) NOT ON PLAYLIST
The Dreaded Marco:
Big Mouth Strikes Again - Treepeople (The Smiths)
landrys hat: Arleen - Widespread Panic w/Dirty Dozen Brass Band (General Echo)

Had no clue this was a cover:
Uruk-Hai: Nobody But Me - Human Beinz (Isley Brothers)
krista4: Sloop John B – The Beach Boys (traditional/first known release by The Weavers)
 
Since there is a break here, I'll share something I stumbled across yesterday when I linked that live clip of Brown Eyed Girl. During the Covid lockdown, one of Jimmy Buffett's daughters, Delaney, recorded him at home doing some of his songs. She'd have him talk about the song, etc. He had cancer during this time, but his illness wasn't shared with the public until his death. I can tell in the video he had lost some weight. Anyway, in this particular video he talks about his song "Death of An Unpopular Poet," and sings it to his two dogs. I've always loved this song. It is worth hearing him talk about the creation of the song, and just getting a glimpse into Jimmy the person. If just one person watches it, it will make me smile. Death Of An Unpopular Poet
 
New-to-me covers from #17 that I very much enjoyed:

Simple Twist of Fate – Jeff Tweedy (Robert Zimmerman) -- I knew I would like this based on the song and the performer, and I did.
Brightest Smile In Town – The Gregg Allman Band (Ray Charles) -- Great vocal here.
Subterranean Homesick Blues - RADIOBOT (Bob Dylan) -- Never failed to hold my interest.
Marquee Moon - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (Television) -- Aside from Hoffs' occasional harmony vocals, this is pretty faithful to the original, which is one of my favorite songs of all time (my #2 in the US countdown). If anything it's a little more overtly punk than Television's version, likely owing to the choice of which guitar pedals to use. Wikipedia doesn't have credits for the bonus tracks, so I don't know who performed Tom Verlaine's guitar solos, but they did a real good job. (Might have been Sweet himself because it looks like he performed most of the guitar parts on the proper album. However, they got Steve Howe to perform on their Yes cover and Lindsey Buckingham to perform on their Fleetwood Mac cover, so who knows, is that Verlaine or Richard Lloyd?) The bonus tracks were released on the iTunes Deluxe Version, which explains why they're not on Spotify.
Times Like These - Glen Campbell (Foo Fighters) -- Revelatory.
Big Mouth Strikes Again - Treepeople (The Smiths) -- Rocked-up Smiths with no Morrissey whining? Sign me up.
The Pretender – Steve N Seagulls (Foo Fighters) -- Some major differences from the original but keeps the best stuff.
Time of the Season - Dave Matthews Band (The Zombies) -- Not sure if Dave is the best choice vocally for this, but I like what they did with the arrangement.
Rock And Roll Girl – The Muffs (The Beat) -- High energy.
Snowblind – Black Label Society (Black Sabbath) -- Killer.
Ballroom Blitz - Tia Carrere (Sweet) -- A song with extremely good bones that always sounds nice.
Chandelier - Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (Sia) -- The vocalist here slayed.
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue – Them (Bob Dylan) -- I knew of the existence of this but hadn't actually heard it. Fantastic.
Arleen - Widespread Panic w/Dirty Dozen Brass Band (General Echo) -- I'm not huge into Panic but I loved the groove of this one.
I Am the Walrus - Phish (The Beatles) -- Trey Anastasio is definitely not the right vocalist for this. But he is definitely the right guitar player. They didn't start playing this until after I stopped regularly paying attention to them, and have only performed it a handful of times.
99 Red Balloons - Goldfinger (Nena) -- This is good shtick.
Afro Blue - Andy Summers (The Cal Tjader Sextet) -- Some of the characteristics that I like about '70s fusion are here.

This was another very strong round IMO.
 
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Marquee Moon - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (Television) -- Aside from Hoffs' occasional harmony vocals, this is pretty faithful to the original, which is one of my favorite songs of all time (my #2 in the US countdown). If anything it's a little more overtly punk than Television's version, likely owing to the choice of which guitar pedals to use. Wikipedia doesn't have credits for the bonus tracks, so I don't know who performed Tom Verlaine's guitar solos, but they did a real good job. (Might have been Sweet himself because it looks like he performed most of the guitar parts on the proper album. However, they got Steve Howe to perform on their Yes cover and Lindsey Buckingham to perform on their Fleetwood Mac cover, so who knows, is that Verlaine or Richard Lloyd?) The bonus tracks were released on the iTunes Deluxe Version, which explains why they're not on Spotify.
Can’t confirm, but I believe that’s Sweet doing the solos. He’s a very accomplished guitarist in his own right, so no doubt he was up for the task. It’s indeed faithful, but I prefer it that way. Anyone taking it in a different direction would be pretty disingenuous IMO.
 
Marquee Moon - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (Television) -- Aside from Hoffs' occasional harmony vocals, this is pretty faithful to the original, which is one of my favorite songs of all time (my #2 in the US countdown). If anything it's a little more overtly punk than Television's version, likely owing to the choice of which guitar pedals to use. Wikipedia doesn't have credits for the bonus tracks, so I don't know who performed Tom Verlaine's guitar solos, but they did a real good job. (Might have been Sweet himself because it looks like he performed most of the guitar parts on the proper album. However, they got Steve Howe to perform on their Yes cover and Lindsey Buckingham to perform on their Fleetwood Mac cover, so who knows, is that Verlaine or Richard Lloyd?) The bonus tracks were released on the iTunes Deluxe Version, which explains why they're not on Spotify.
Can’t confirm, but I believe that’s Sweet doing the solos. He’s a very accomplished guitarist in his own right, so no doubt he was up for the task. It’s indeed faithful, but I prefer it that way. Anyone taking it in a different direction would be pretty disingenuous IMO.
Richard Lloyd played on Sweet's Girlfriend, Altered Beast and 100% Fun albums, so I'm sure that rubbed off too.
 
Marquee Moon - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (Television) -- Aside from Hoffs' occasional harmony vocals, this is pretty faithful to the original, which is one of my favorite songs of all time (my #2 in the US countdown). If anything it's a little more overtly punk than Television's version, likely owing to the choice of which guitar pedals to use. Wikipedia doesn't have credits for the bonus tracks, so I don't know who performed Tom Verlaine's guitar solos, but they did a real good job. (Might have been Sweet himself because it looks like he performed most of the guitar parts on the proper album. However, they got Steve Howe to perform on their Yes cover and Lindsey Buckingham to perform on their Fleetwood Mac cover, so who knows, is that Verlaine or Richard Lloyd?) The bonus tracks were released on the iTunes Deluxe Version, which explains why they're not on Spotify.
Can’t confirm, but I believe that’s Sweet doing the solos. He’s a very accomplished guitarist in his own right, so no doubt he was up for the task. It’s indeed faithful, but I prefer it that way. Anyone taking it in a different direction would be pretty disingenuous IMO.
It would not surprise me a bit if that is Sweet on those solos. He is a fantastic guitarist.
 
Marquee Moon - Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs (Television) -- Aside from Hoffs' occasional harmony vocals, this is pretty faithful to the original, which is one of my favorite songs of all time (my #2 in the US countdown). If anything it's a little more overtly punk than Television's version, likely owing to the choice of which guitar pedals to use. Wikipedia doesn't have credits for the bonus tracks, so I don't know who performed Tom Verlaine's guitar solos, but they did a real good job. (Might have been Sweet himself because it looks like he performed most of the guitar parts on the proper album. However, they got Steve Howe to perform on their Yes cover and Lindsey Buckingham to perform on their Fleetwood Mac cover, so who knows, is that Verlaine or Richard Lloyd?) The bonus tracks were released on the iTunes Deluxe Version, which explains why they're not on Spotify.
Can’t confirm, but I believe that’s Sweet doing the solos. He’s a very accomplished guitarist in his own right, so no doubt he was up for the task. It’s indeed faithful, but I prefer it that way. Anyone taking it in a different direction would be pretty disingenuous IMO.
It would not surprise me a bit if that is Sweet on those solos. He is a fantastic guitarist.
I know he can do a good Neil -- not spoilers because I already said what types of Neil covers would and would not be on my list.
 
Sixteen-Point Selections:
PART ONE:

Uruk-Hai:


Moon River - Jerry Butler (Henry Mancini)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


titusbramble:

Feeling Good – Muse (Anthony Newley)
Song: three votes – Muse (3)
Cover artist: four votes - Feeling Good (3); Lies (1)
Original artist: three votes – Feeling Good (3)


Pip’s Invitation:

Crosseyed and Painless – Phish (Talking Heads)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: five votes – Crosseyed and Painless (1); I Am the Walrus (1); Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley (1); My Soul (1); Frankenstein (1)
Original artist: two votes – Crosseyed and Painless (1); Burning Down the House (1)


Dr. Octopus:

This Wheel’s on Fire – Siouxsie and the Banshees (Robert Zimmerman)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: two votes – This Wheel’s on Fire (1); Dear Prudence (1)
Original artist: 28 votes – All Along the Watchtower (3); Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2); This Wheel’s on Fire (1); Mr. Tambourine Man (1); If Not for You (1); Simple Twist of Fate (1); Subterranean Homesick Blues (1); It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (1); Standing in the Doorway (1); Positively Fourth Street (1); Thunder on the Mountain (1); Most of the Time (1); Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (1); Jokerman (1); Make You Feel My Love (1); Ring Them Bells (1); Hurricane (1); The Man in Me (1); Forever Young (1); Sweetheart Like You (1); Everything Is Broken (1); Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (1); Ballad of a Thin Man (1); If You See Her, Say Hello (1); Mozambique (1)


simey:

Take These Chains from My Heart – Ray Charles (Hank Williams)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: three votes – Georgia on My Mind (2); Take These Chains from My Heart (1)
Original artist: two votes – Take These Chains from My Heart (1); Honky Tonk Blues (1)


Just Win Baby:

The Star Spangled Banner -- Jimi Hendrix (traditional)
Song: first vote
Original artist: three votes – Hey Joe (2); The Star Spangled Banner (1)
Original artist: two votes – N/A


Galileo:

Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (Bob Dylan)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: two votes – Mr. Tambourine Man (1); Turn, Turn, Turn (1)
Original artist: 28 votes – All Along the Watchtower (3); Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2); This Wheel’s on Fire (1); Mr. Tambourine Man (1); If Not for You (1); Simple Twist of Fate (1); Subterranean Homesick Blues (1); It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (1); Standing in the Doorway (1); Positively Fourth Street (1); Thunder on the Mountain (1); Most of the Time (1); Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (1); Jokerman (1); Make You Feel My Love (1); Ring Them Bells (1); Hurricane (1); The Man in Me (1); Forever Young (1); Sweetheart Like You (1); Everything Is Broken (1); Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (1); Ballad of a Thin Man (1); If You See Her, Say Hello (1); Mozambique (1)


Don Quixote:

Minha Vida (“In My Life”) - Rita Lee (The Beatles)
Song: two votes – Rita Lee (1); Dave Matthews (1)
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: 20 votes – In My Life (2); Here Comes the Sun (2); Yesterday (2); Come Together (2); I Am the Walrus (1); Eleanor Rigby (1); Got to Get You into My Life (1); Helter Skelter (1); Drive My Car (1); Dear Prudence (1); We Can Work It Out (1); While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1); Across the Universe (1); She Said She Said (1); I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (1); Let It Be (1)


simsarge:

Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (Big Mama Thornton)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: five votes – That’s All Right (2); Hound Dog (1); Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (1); An American Trilogy (1)
Original artist: two votes – Hound Dog (1); Ball and Chain (1)


Charlie Steiner:

Polk Salad Annie - James Burton (Tony Joe White)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: two votes – Polk Salad Annie (1); Rainy Night in Georgia (1)


JMLs secret identity:

Eagle - Peter Joback (Abba) NOT ON PLAYLIST
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: 15 votes – Eagle (1); Bang en Boomerang (1); Dancing Queen (1); Super Trouper (1); Knowing Me, Knowing You (1); Mamma Mia (1); The Name of the Game (1); Ring Ring (1); Rock Me (1); Does Your Mother Know (1); Angel Eyes (1); Our Last Summer (1); When All Is Said and Done (1); Waterloo (1); Voulez Vous (1)


zamboni:

Crossroads - Cream (Robert Johnson)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: two votes – Crossroads (1); Dust My Broom (1)


John Maddens Lunchbox:

Mad World - Gary Jules (Tears for Fears)
Song: two votes – Gary Jules (2)
Cover artist: two votes – Mad World (2)
Original artist: two votes – Mad World (2)


Ilov80s:

California Dreamin' - Bobby Womack (The Mamas and the Papas)
Song: two votes – Bobby Womack (2)
Cover artist: two votes – California Dreamin’ (2)
Original artist: two votes – California Dreamin’ (2)


Eephus:

Tupelo Honey - Cassandra Wilson (Van Morrison)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: two votes – Tupelo Honey (1); Brown Eyed Girl (1)


The Dreaded Marco:

Dancing in the Dark (All My Friends outro) - Hot Chip (Bruce Springsteen/LCD Soundsystem)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: Bruce – two votes – Dancing in the Dark (1); Blinded by the Light (1)
LCD Soundsystem – first vote


New Binky the Doormat:

Personal Jesus - Marilyn Manson (Depeche Mode)
Song: two votes – Marilyn Manson (1); Def Leppard (1)
Cover artist: two votes – Personal Jesus (1); Sweet Dreams (1)
Original artist: two votes – Personal Jesus (2)


Andy Dufresne:

The Boys of Summer – The Ataris (Don Henley)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote
 
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Sixteen-Point Selections:
PART TWO:


Hawks64:


Take Me to Tomorrow - Dave Matthews (John Denver)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: nine votes – Take Me to Tomorrow (1); Time of the Season (1); Still Water (1); Melissa (1); Super Freak (1); Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (1); Burning Down the House (1); Kashmir (1); In My Life (1)
Original artist: first vote


rockaction:

Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie (The Nerves)
Song: three votes – Blondie (2); Cuban Boys (1)
Cover artist: three votes – Hanging on the Telephone (2); The Tide Is High (1)
Original artist: three votes – Hanging on the Telephone (3)


Scoresman:

Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm (Michael Jackson)
Song: three votes – Alien Ant Farm (3)
Cover artist: three votes – Smooth Criminal (3)
Original artist: four votes – Smooth Criminal (3); Thriller (1)


Raging weasel:

Carry On a Wayward Son – Anthrax (Kansas)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


scorchy:

No Children - Sad Snack (The Mountain Goats)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


Mrs. Rannous:

Rising Moon Reel - Battlefield Band (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: three votes – Proud Mary (2); Rising Moon Reel (1)


Mt. Man:

Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Song: two votes – Ike & Tina Turner (2)
Cover artist: three votes – Proud Mary (2); Whole Lotta Love (1)
Original artist: three votes – Proud Mary (2); Rising Moon Reel (1)


Mister CIA:

A Song for You - The Carpenters (Leon Russell)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: two votes – A Song for You (1); (They Long to Be) Close to You (1)
Original artist: first vote


Val Rannous:

American Woman - Lenny Kravitz (The Guess Who)
Song: two votes – Lenny Kravitz (2)
Cover artist: two votes – American Woman (2)
Original artist: two votes – American Woman (2)


landrys hat:

Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies (Velvet Underground)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


shuke:

Cortez the Killer - Built to Spill (Neil Young)
Song: two votes – Built to Spill (1); Slint (1)
Cover artist: two votes – Cortez the Killer (1); Jokerman (1)
Original artist: five votes – Cortez the Killer (2); Heart of Gold (2); Rockin’ in the Free World (1)


Doug B:

Signs - Tesla (Five Man Acoustical Band)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


DrIanMalcolm:

MacArthur Park - Donna Summer (Richard Harris)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


Chaos34:

The Freshman - Mustard Plug (The Verve Pipe)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


higgins:

The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys - Steve Lukather (Traffic)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: two votes – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1); The Pump (1)
Original artist: first vote


Oliver Humanzee:

Lost Continent - Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio (Comsat Angels)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: first vote
Original artist: first vote


krista4:

If Not for You – George Harrison (Bob Dylan)
Song: first vote
Cover artist: two votes – If Not for You (1); Got My Mind Set on You (1)
Original artist: 28 votes – All Along the Watchtower (3); Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2); This Wheel’s on Fire (1); Mr. Tambourine Man (1); If Not for You (1); Simple Twist of Fate (1); Subterranean Homesick Blues (1); It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (1); Standing in the Doorway (1); Positively Fourth Street (1); Thunder on the Mountain (1); Most of the Time (1); Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (1); Jokerman (1); Make You Feel My Love (1); Ring Them Bells (1); Hurricane (1); The Man in Me (1); Forever Young (1); Sweetheart Like You (1); Everything Is Broken (1); Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (1); Ballad of a Thin Man (1); If You See Her, Say Hello (1); Mozambique (1)
 
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OH tally:

OH cover songs I have heard of: 2
OH original songs I have heard of: 8
OH cover artists I have heard of: 9
OH original artists I have heard of: 13

Zero across the board today. I am completely shuked on this one.
 
Uruk-Hai:

Moon River - Jerry Butler (Henry Mancini)
You using the whole fist, Uruk?

Seriously though, love this.
I don't know what your question means, zam. I'm sure it's something I've forgotten, my friend :lol:

As for the song, I think it's one of the most gorgeous melodies ever written. There's not one version I've heard that I don't love (and that doesn't make me cry).

Jerry Butler's is my favorite, though. He sounds as old as Methuselah, but was like 20 years old. The arrangement is like some kind of weird Standard/R&R/Country (that guitar!) mashup. But it's Butler's vocal that brings it all back home. That "ooooh" coming out of the bridge when he goes up a key...... :chef's kiss:
 
Covers from #16 that I know and like and have not previously mentioned during the regular countdown or Last 5 Out reveal:

The Star Spangled Banner -- Jimi Hendrix (traditional) -- As good an example of Hendrix' genius as anything.
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (Bob Dylan) -- Can't believe we hadn't seen this one yet.
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (Big Mama Thornton) -- Or this one.
Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies (Velvet Underground) -- When this came out, I thought it was boring. I have mellowed in my older years and can better appreciate the mellow sounds of Cowboy Junkies.
Cortez the Killer - Built to Spill (Neil Young) -- It's funny how the two Neil covers that aren't mine are both Cortez the Killer, the #1 song in my Neil countdown. And they were the other two substitutes for Neil's version on the playlists of the Worldwide Countdown. My substitute was Gov't Mule's version. Doug Martsch does almost as good a job as Neil here. Almost.
Signs - Tesla (Five Man Acoustical Band) -- So strong that you forget about the dated hippie lyrics. By the time of Tesla, all-kinds of long-haired metalheads were employed everywhere.
If Not for You – George Harrison (Bob Dylan) -- In our PM conversation, when krista said she had a George performance on her list, I knew it had to be this.

Also, I CANNOT believe this actually exists:

Carry On a Wayward Son – Anthrax (Kansas)
 
Don Quixote:

Minha Vida (“In My Life”) - Rita Lee (The Beatles)
Song: two votes – Rita Lee (1); Dave Matthews (1)
Cover artist: first vote

Watching the Grammy’s last month, a smile did come to my face during the In Memoriam segment when they flashed up Rita Lee on the screen. Happy to see her get some recognition. I’ve mentioned her name a few times in the countdowns. She was a founding member of Os Mutantes, before going on to a successful solo career. She was also the subject of Jorge Ben Jor’s Rita Jeep, which appeared in my Jorge Ben Jor list.

I’ve mentioned that one thing that I think draws me to some of the Brazilian artists is that they were a bit Beatles-obsessed too. Among her solo albums is an album of Beatles covers. The album title of “Aqui, Ali, Em Qualquer Lugar“ is for “Here, There, and Everywhere.” My selection here is my favorite from that album.
 
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Uruk-Hai:

Moon River - Jerry Butler (Henry Mancini)
You using the whole fist, Uruk?

Seriously though, love this.
I don't know what your question means, zam. I'm sure it's something I've forgotten, my friend :lol:

Too subtle I guess - also when Chevy Chase was funny. 🙂
Nah, I should have gotten that. Nice one.
 
Pip’s Invitation:

Crosseyed and Painless – Phish (Talking Heads)

It is indeed amusing that I picked Phish and Shuke picked Neil in the same round. Phish has performed a squillion covers in their long history, and this is my favorite one. At some Halloween shows, the band has donned a "musical costume" and covered another artist's album in full. They did this four times over a 5-year stretch in the '90s and sporadically since then. The 1996 effort, Talking Heads' Remain in Light, is considered by many fans to be the most successful. And Crosseyed and Painless was the biggest highlight from it, both on Halloween night and subsequently. The Halloween night 1996 performance is the one I put on the playlist because it has a special first-time energy about it and because it is less than 10 minutes long, in contrast to most of the other times Phish has performed the song. Many fans believe the definitive version came two nights later, when the band opened their second set with Crosseyed and jammed it out for 24 minutes. Both 10/31/96 and 11/2/96 have been released as live albums in their entirety. I finally was able to see it in person in 2010.

For the Halloween version, the band was augmented by Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo and a two-piece horn section; Perazzo also played the 11/2/96 show. The percussion and horns help the band deftly capture the dense grooves of Talking Heads' version, but subsequent outings without them are equally thrilling. Drummer Jon Fishman and bassist Mike Gordon always lay down amazing rhythms, and enable Trey Anastasio on guitar and Page McConnell on clavinet to spin amazing sonic webs without ever going off the rails. This is one of the few non-joke numbers in Phish's repertoire that Fishman sings; he does a pretty good job of capturing David Byrne's odd combination of robotic but slinky vocals.

Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z92avHmgDRA

Talking Heads live performance in 1980 in Rome with insane guitar work from Adrian Belew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a03NRrOXDk8

At #15, a song and cover artist combination that is totally in krista's wheelhouse.
 

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