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Arch Stanton
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posted 04 October 2002 10:22 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Have you heard someone take another's tune and improve it so much that the original sounds poor in comparison?

Conversely, have you heard such an awful cover version that the original great tune is almost unrecognizable?

Are there others that are different, yet equal?

My picks:

1. The Clash's version of Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves." The original was OK, the Clash almost made it an anthem.

2. Natacha Atlas' (I usually like her stuff) version of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You."

3. Led Zeppelin's cover of Josh White's "In My Time of Dying." Both are great.


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kyall - CFS
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Covers? Yes.

Tori Amos - "Strange Little Girls." An album of covers, but done in a particular way that can only be best explained by others.
check out www.thedent.com to find out explanations of the album.

Includes better versions of original songs by Eminem, Slayer, 10cc, Neil Young (ooh!) et al.

kyall


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Wolfgang Press doing 'Respect' by Aretha Franklin
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The Ripcordz cover of "Some Enchanted Evening" is a joy.

As is Cake's cover of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps".


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From the Dark Side, we have Rod Stewart's massacree of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train," and Mannfred Mann's execrable "Going Underground," originally by the Jam.

Both indictable offenses, I submit.


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I'd say that Bonnie Rait's cover of John Prine's 'Angel From Montgomery' is superior.
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Bonnie Raitt? My God son, what are ya talkin' about? The J. Prine version kicks butt !
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Ani Difranco's "Swing Set" has covers of Dylan's "the Hurricaine," Woody Gurthrie's "Do-Re-Mi," and "When I'm gone" by Phil Ochs, and I love each of them. Her raw emotion and incredible guitar puts at least 2 out of 3 of them above the originals in my opinion.

Also loved some really bad covers of "light my fire" and "wonderwall" done 5-6 years ago by a psudo-lounge act whose name I can't recall (so bad its good).

Huge fan of Tori, and what's great on StrangeLittleGirls is increadible, but whats not is dissapointing Didn't particularly like her "heart of Gold" or "Raining Blood," but "New Age" makes the whole album worthwhile.


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Interesting Kyall, my instant reaction to this thread was Tori Amos' cover of 'Enjoy the silence' by Depeche Mode. DM did it well, but Tori did it better.

Other good covers I have heard:

Message in a Bottle by Machinehead,
Live bootlegged version of Sweet Virginia by Liz Phair
Rocket Man by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes


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brie
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Duran Duran's cover of GrandMaster Flash's "White Lines" is neat.

swirrlygrrl, I think the lounge act you are thinking of might be Mike Flowers Pops. Among others, they also covered Prince's 1999!


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Amy
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-tori amos doing 'losing my religion'originally by REM... it is really good...
-anchorless by propagandhi (i think that it was originally done by the weakerthans)
-samiam covered a pixies song... the name escapes me, but it was nearly indendtical, but way better (if that makes sense)
-the cure version of modern english's (gr.?) "i'll stop the world"
also, tool covered a sublime song (it was hilarious) and did a perfect job... mind you, the accoustic was replaced by electric guitar...

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I know I'm dating myself, but here goes:

Among the best are

Hendrix's remake of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower.

Aretha Franklin's remake of Say a Little Prayer

Creedence's remake of Suzie Q

Joe Cocker's remake of She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

George Benson's remake of Leon Russell's Masquerade

I could go on forever!

The worst is easy: Pat Boone's cover of Little Richard's Tutti Frutti. Worthy of a war crime tribunal.

[ October 05, 2002: Message edited by: josh ]


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Go ahead and date yourself Josh. Wisdom comes with age.

I'll predate myself. Benny Goodman/Gene Krupa's "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)" is better than the Louis Prima original.

Funny, nobody has mentioned Star Trek actors' versions of Beatles tunes....


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Here's a few more that came to me:

Maxwell - This Woman's Work [Kate Bush]
the cranberries - (They Long to Be) Close To You [The Carpenters]
the cranberries - Go Your Own Way [Fleetwood Mac]
Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit [Nirvana]
Tori Amos - Angie [Rolling Stones]
Sarah McLachlan - Blue [Joni Mitchell]
Andru Donalds - Dream On [Aerosmith]
Andru Donalds - Precious Little Diamond [forget..]
Fiona Apple - Across the Universe [the Beatles]
Philosopher Kings - Cry [Godley and Creme]
Sarah Slean - Julia [Our Lady Peace]
Wild Strawberries - Tainted Love [Soft Cell]
Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet [unknown to me..]
Annie Lennox - Don't Let It Bring You Down [Neil Young]
Chantal Kreviazuk - Leaving On a Jet Plane [Jon Denver]

Ok, so I padded this a little with a lot of my favourite artists.... They happen to do great covers!

Noah - Tori Amos is my favourite artist of time, it's obvious that I mentioned her twice on this thread. Trust me, I have the ability to mention her more. Not to mention, I saw her perform "Enjoy the Silence" live in Toronto October 19th 2001... amazing!

Oh, and bad covers: I heard two on friend's car radios (I don't listen to radio...) I don't know the artists.

1 - A cover of Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing", sort of modern hiphop take like the N'Trance remake of "Stayin' Alive"
2 - A cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" in a terrible dance-pop rendition with a horrible vocalist

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Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in a Dangerous Time

F.M.T. - Suzanne (good luck finding it. If anyone owns it I'd pay good money!)

Holly Cole - 2000 Miles (Pretenders)

Sarah Polly - Courage (Tragically Hip)

Crash Vegas - Pocahontas

I could go on and on... Maybe I will later!


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And the award for Worst Cover of a Song I Didn't Like in the First Place goes to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their version of Having My Baby, as heard in the pilot episode of WKRP in Cincinatti.
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'lance
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Slim that's... that's positively surreal. And not in a good way. I remember WKRP, but I'd either forgotten or repressed that MTC business.

quote:
Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Yes! Best thing they've ever done, in my opinion.


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quote:
Slim that's... that's positively surreal. And not in a good way. I remember WKRP, but I'd either forgotten or repressed that MTC business.


Isn't that what's playing when Johnny Fever grabs the tone arm and scratches the record before shouting "Alright Cincinatti, it's time for this town to get down"?

[ October 06, 2002: Message edited by: Slim ]


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'lance
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Could be.

Records... tone arms... I remember those!


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I love Roy Orbison's Cryin' -- but Roy plus K.D. Lang was double-plus hurtin'.
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BLAKE 3:16
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Half Japanese doing the Stooges song Real Cool Time.

Bad Brains doing a medley of "Daytripper" and "She's a Rainbow" from their live in Amsterdam album.


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Cat Power's medly of "Try a Little Tenderness" and some Paul Anka song last night at the Marquee.
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skadie
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Porky Pig - Blue Christmas
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I like anyone who takes a Bob Seger tune and punches up the tempo. Seger wrote a lot of great tunes and ruined them with his attatchment to the plodding tempo.

To wit: "Eddie and the Hot Rod's" version of "Get out of Denver." Treat yourself and look it up on "Kazaa".

And interesting voyage is to download Jonny Burnet's version of "Train Kept a Rollin'" along with the Yardbird's cover, and Aerosmith's. Each cover is great in context of the times and technologies they were recorded in.

Same with George Thorogood's cover of "Cocaine Blues". I like Cash's rendetion equally-- both are visceral in their own way.

George's cover or Muddy Water's "One Burbon, One Scotch and One Beer" is more fun than the original, but you have to consider context of the times etc, so I won't say one is better than another.

Oh, and pretty much every "Led Zepplin" tune is a "cover" of someone else. Mostly better, to be fair.


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Arch Stanton
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I once did an all-night radio show in which I had a segment of Zeppelin tunes played back-to-back with the originals. Their "Whole Lotta Love" was far better than Muddy Waters', I thought, even though I wouldn't admit as much to my hardcore blues buddies!

The Rolling Stones were similar, although they don't mess around with the originals as much. Led Zep took every tune they covered and changed it to something else.

Deja Voodoo did some crazy blues covers.

The Sex Pistols' "Johnny B. Goode/Roadrunner" is greater than the sum of its parts.


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Willie Dixon's lawyers want to talk to you about "Whole Lotta Love".


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A few more good ones...

Aimee Mann - One (3 dog night)
Smashing Pumpkins - Landslide (Fleetwood mac)
Faith no More - Easy (who did this?)
Nirvana - The Man who sold the world (David Bowie)
Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane (Lou Reed)
Cake - I will survive (Gloria Gaynor?)
Patti Smith - When Doves Cry (Prince)


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pogge
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Favorite cover of an Elvis Presley song:
Don't Be Cruel - Cheap Trick

Favorite cover of a Leonard Cohen song:
Bird On A Wire - Jennifer Warnes

Favorite cover of a traditional folk song:
Frere Jacques - Cano


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Arch Stanton
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Willie Dixon wrote "Whole Lotta Love?" I've only heard LZ and Muddy Waters do it.

From the folkies, Steeleye Span covered Buddy Holly's "Rave On." There's nothing wrong with their version, but it just sounds out of place on their records, which otherwise are full of stories of brisk lads, randy butchers, dead sailors and saucy maidens.


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pogge
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quote:
Willie Dixon wrote "Whole Lotta Love?"

Indeed he did. He also played bass on a lot of tunes where you may not realize he was there.


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posted 07 October 2002 01:34 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
For blues people.

Blues legend hiding out in SW Ontario...

mel brown

Mel Brown plays a regular gig every Thursday in Guelph at Wally's.

Mel Brown's "Neckbones and Caviar" won the 2001 W.C.Handy comeback album of the year.

Mel has played with everyone from Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, BB hell, there's no body he hasn't played with...


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quote:
Wolfgang Press doing 'Respect' by Aretha Franklin

Yes! Yes!

Also:

Aztec Camera's version of Van Halen's "Jump"


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Tool's version of Zeppelin's "No Quarter" is way better. Please forgive my blasphemy.

Vanilla Fudge's cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" is equally stellar as the original by The Supremes.

And the award for worst ever cover song in the history of modern civilization goes to...

...last year's horrendous butchering of Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On" by that shite conglomerate of Bono, Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, Nelly, etc.


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josh
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Agree with you on Vanilla Fudge. Great interpretation.

Don't agree with on What's Going on On, though. There been a lot worse covers (see above).


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At risk of being run out of Babble, here is my list...

Great covers:

Barenaked Ladies - Lovers in a Dangerous Time [Bruce Cockburn]
Jesse Cook w/ Holly Cole - Fragile [Sting? The Police?]
Cake - I Will Survive [Gloria Gaynor]
Sarah McLachlan - Ol'55 [I forgot...]

Awful covers:

Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit [Nirvana]
Sarah Polley - Courage [Tragically Hip] (sorry Sarah, but stick to acting)
Britney Spears - I Love Rock n Roll [Joan Jett] (thank God she never recorded this one)


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pogge
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The only reason I can see for running you out of babble is that you didn't tell Britney to stick to acting too.
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Laedifox
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That's only because, from what I've heard, she sucks at that too.
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Charles
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Worst: (recent) Britney's I Love Rock and Roll and Madonna's American Pie. Dreadful both.

Best: So many,

Siouxsie and the Banshees - Dear Prudence (The Beatles)
Frente - Bizarre Love Traingle (New Order)
Depeche Mode - Dirt (Lou Reed)
(All I want to do is) Dream - REM (standard)
The Beautiful South - Words (Bee Gees)
I liked Chantal Krev. version of Leaving on a Jet Place too...

Many more. FYI, It's Oh So Quiet was a Bjork original. Tori Amos is one of my favourite artists but her covers album left me cold, though it was the first time I've been able to listen to an Eminem song...(I hated her version of Enjoy the Silence...)


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wizkid - the SamIam cover of a Pixies song was "Here comes you man" - it is an excellent cover.

swirrlygrrl - the Faith No More version of Easy was a cover of The Commodores original, with Lionel Ritchie pulling front man. - Another favorite of mine


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Arch Stanton
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How about Nazareth's cover of Joni Mitchell's "This Flight Tonight?"

*sacrilege alert*

I know everyone loves Joni, but I think she sounds loopy most of the time.


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Tori Amos's "Strange little Girls" has been mentioned a few times but for my money Emm Gryner's (Canadian artist) "Girl Versions" is much better (Same idea - woman at a piano playing non-traditional covers).

Her covers of "Crazy Train" by Ozzy and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Lepard are both excellent


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My favourite cover is Capt. Beefheart's version of Muskrat Love (released indy, Capt. Beefheart Special Selections, #494949). "Oh, muskrat love, etc." Sublime, I tell you. Simply sublime.
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Eek, I forgot one of my faves, Ike and Tina doing Proud Mary. IMHO much better than the CCR version.
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Arch Stanton
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I heard a good one today. Tim Tamashiro doing a lounge version of "Turn Me Loose," which some pretty-boy band did in the early 80s.

Tim's version was more funny than "good" but the original was so dismal that anything is an improvement.

Tiny Tim's "Hey Jude (cha cha cha)" is a darn funny cover too.

And how about Dread Zeppelin? Everything they do is a synthesized cover of Reggae/Elvis/Led Zep. They're great.


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quote:
Tim Tamashiro doing a lounge version of "Turn Me Loose," which some pretty-boy band did in the early 80s.

Loverboy. The first concert I went to, where they opened for April Wine. Lord, the skeletons in my closet....

Dread Zeppelin are funny. So is El Vez, the Mexican Elvis impersonator.


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For the T.V. series "Crime Story" someone punched up Del Shannon's "Runnaway" for the theme. I used to tune in just to catch the beginning.

It's unfair to say the cover was "better". In cases like this, better sound recording technology plays a big role. The cover is better, but it's a function of technology, not artistry.


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So-different-but-equal file:

Tuck & Patti's mmm-velvety "Castles Made of Sand" (Hendrix).


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Embarassing admission:

My youngest is at this moment watching Kylie Menogue's cover of "locomotion".

........and I perfer it to the original, and the Grand Funk conver.......


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Tuck and Patti are great. But Tommy... Grand Funk?! I mean, really. Those guys made... made...made Nazareth look like the Velvets!
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posted 09 October 2002 11:21 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
'lance;

RE: Loverboy/April Wine

I feel your pain.

Besides going with my parents to see Al Hirt at Buffalo Days in '68, my first concert was Trooper, at the Yorkton Exhibition. They rocked, man.

Say Tommy. I bet you'd like Aerosmith's version of "(Remember) Walkin' in the Sand."

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posted 10 October 2002 12:03 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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I feel your pain.

Oh, fret not, the pain didn't last long -- only ten years or so. You know that sort of cringing embarrassment you feel inside when recalling some bonehead play you made.

Now, looking back on my younger self, I'm more like Othello: "This is, and is not, 'lance."


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posted 10 October 2002 01:29 AM      Profile for TommyPaineatWork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Those guys made... made...made Nazareth


.......don't go messin' with a sonovabitch.......


There are those that accuse Grand Funk of killing the golden age of Top 40.

That's hooey though. For all thier damage, I know it was Elton John's "Honkey Cat" that ushered in the bad times. Since then, pop music been like trying to dig gold from a shit mine.


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posted 10 October 2002 01:38 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
"I think we're alone now" and "I saw him standing there" by Tiffany - ROCK ON!

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posted 10 October 2002 03:41 AM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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I know it was Elton John's "Honkey Cat" that ushered in the bad times.

You're close.

I'd say "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando and Dawn was the true villain.


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posted 10 October 2002 10:43 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
It seems in bad taste to mention it now, James Taylor having lost a number of family members, but round about 1971 or so, Lester Bangs published a blistering rant in Creem magazine, "James Taylor Marked for Death."

Bangs bracketed Taylor's and E. John's stuff in the genre of "I-Rock."


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I know I'm in the minority, but not all Grand Funk was crap. I liked the Locomotion remake. And Bad Time to Be in Love always reminds me of my senior year in high school.
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Michael Franti's cover of Dead Kennedy's California Uber Alles is really good.

I once heard a muzak version of Madonna's Like A Virgin while grocery shopping that made my jaw drop in unfeigned horror.


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The Pixie's cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" is pretty awesome. Apparently the lead singer of J&MC was quoted as saying that the Pixie's version is the definitive one.

Speaking of Muzak...what's the strangest Muzak cover people have heard? While I wouldn't call it strange, I find it odd to hear the occasional obscure Crowded House song softly emanating from the speaker above my desk.


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I heard Bob Marley's "Talkin' Blues" in a Zeller's a couple of months ago.
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Arch, clearly nothing is sacred.
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know I'm in the minority, but not all Grand Funk was crap

I agree, sort of. I thought loco-motion was simply a great band that had given up on music for some fast Top 40 dollars. But Inside Looking Out, Mean Mistreater and a few others.

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Arch, clearly nothing is sacred.

My guess is that, rather than a corporate DJ, an "associate," aware that he was trapped in this here babylon system, was the sufferah behind choosing the tune.


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posted 10 October 2002 11:26 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Speaking of Muzak...what's the strangest Muzak cover people have heard?

"Smells Like Teen Spirit."

No, I didn't believe it either, at first. But yes, it's true.

I shrugged and chalked it up to Creeping Surrealism.


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One my favourites has always been the Weakerthans cover of "Ringing of Revolution" (originally by phil ochs). I personally didnt like the original very much, but the weakerthans cover is great.

The worst cover ive ever heard was a cover of some crappy pop song on one of those "chris sheppard club cutz" compilations a few years back.. basically did a cheezy mix of the chorus for about 30 secs, then played the original song, followed by another cheezy 30 mix of the chorus. Yikes.


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The Byrds were somewhat maligned in their time, but I love what they did with some Dylan tunes, "Mr. Tambourine Man" of course but also "My Back Pages." And similarly I love their version of Seeger's "Chimes of Freedom."

I thought Nirvana's take on "The Man Who Sold the World" beat Bowie's original, which to my ears is kind of mired in an early-70s spaciness that doesn't work terribly well any more.

And I'd thought that it was the Violent Femmes or somebody who covered the T-Rex song that lent its title to that wonderful Judy Davis movie Children of the Revolution (note: any movie starring Judy Davis is wonderful by definition). But google isn't helping me on this one.

New indispensable website: The Covers Project.


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The Goo Goo Dolls, before they became light radio fodder, put out a great version of Prince's "Never Take the Place of Your Man" with their roadie Lance Diamond singing. It was even better live.

Joy Division covering "Heroin" (and I realize the irony of liking them while decrying all nazi references in general). It especially haunting considering that Ian Curtis would go on to hang himself shortly after. Actually the entire album, studio disc and live disc is entirely depressing when you realize what this very ill person was going through while it was being made. Powerful stuff.

The Lemonheads version of Luka (and on the same album a cover of the theme from Archie Bunker!!!)

And apologies above, the best version of Mr. Tambourine Man was by William Shatner, bar none.

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I agree about the Nirvana cover tune. It was much more powerful.

Always been a Meat Puppets fan and Nirvana did a better job of their "Lake of Fire" also.

I saw firehose do a ripping take of a Phil Ochs tune.

This is a classic punk story.

I was eighteen and I got carded about three hours before the firehose show by the new Waitressnazi and Ed Crawford (singer, guitar) gave me his drivers license to try to get me in - no luck (no resemblance plus he was 26) and then the big man hisself Mike Watt burned one with me and my friend Pax and then told the meathead at the door that I WAS GOING TO SEE HIS SHOW.

All that afternoon "Call the Office" was empty, just me and a few friends, Ed fromohio and Mike Watt goofing around.

Watt ate over a dozen baskets of 'complimentary' chicken wings.

LAKE OF FIRE

Where do bad folks go when they die?
They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
They go to the lake of fire and fry
Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July

I knew a lady who came from Duluth
She got bit by a dog with a rabid tooth
She went to her grave just a little too soon
And she flew away howling on the yellow moon

Where do bad folks go when they die?
They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
They go down to the lake of fire and fry
Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July

Now the people cry and the people moan
And they look for a dry place to call their home
And try to find some place to rest their bones
While the angels and the devils try to make them their own

Where do bad folks go when they die?
They don't go to heaven where the angels fly
They go down to the lake of fire and fry
Won't see them again 'till the fourth of July


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posted 11 October 2002 03:57 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
"Gee our old LaSalle ran great...those were the days..."
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Great covers:

King Curtis- "Whiter Shade of Pale", opening song to the brilliant "Withnail and I".

Sid Vicious- "My Way"

Peter Tosh " Johnny B. Goode"


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posted 11 October 2002 04:25 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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And apologies above, the best version of Mr. Tambourine Man was by William Shatner, bar none.

Agreed. Notice I never said the Byrds' version was the best.


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Sorry 'lance, I'm just overly sensitive to any potential slight to poor Bill and his much-maligned singing career. How I do wish he'd give it another shot. If there was anytime the world needed to hear, really and truly hear, its now.
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And what about Shatner doing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds? Awesome.
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Agreed II (to both).

I remember seeing Shatner on Dennis Miller's show, which puts it around 10 years ago. He'd just done a video in which he "covered" (spoke) a Prince song, something about "I wanna sex you now, sex you now..." blahbity blah, you know His Purpleness.

Miller showed this video; it was in black-and-white, with a very sparse jazz-type musical arrangement, just stand-up bass and drums, Shatner standing there working it through a kind of lounge-lizard body English, declaiming the leerics in a sly, insinuating style.

Fabulous. But it wasn't released, or if it was, it didn't sell.

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King Curtis- "Whiter Shade of Pale", opening song to the brilliant "Withnail and I".

Was this a cover? Sounded pretty darn much like the original to me, and I think I've seen the movie at least twice.

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Peter Tosh " Johnny B. Goode"

Without question, Tosh was the toughest, (twice I drove miles and miles to see him perform - I have all his records...yadda yadda yadda) but I never cared for his "Johnny B. Goode."

That deadbeat junkie Eric Clapton should be shot and p%$$&d on for his version of "I Shot the Sheriff."

Juice Newton's "Angel in the Morning" ain't got a thing on Merrilee Rush.


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Sonic Youth covering the great Stooges song "I wanna be your Dog". See, told you I'd post it.

Hmmmm. This topic has me piqued (sort of like a nice polo shirt).

Social Distortion doing Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire". Actually skipped going out with my g/f (now my wife) on Valentine's Day in 1989 to see them, Sonic Youth, and Neil Young at Maple Leaf Gardens with a couple of friends. I'm surpised she stuck with me.

And sorry if it seems that I'm writing to others. I seem to be flipping back and forth between this thread and "Guy Stuff" in another section. Sorry for the confusion.


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That deadbeat junkie Eric Clapton should be shot and p%$$&d on ...

You might reasonably end the sentence right here, without tacking on any qualifications. (And not that his ex-junkie-hood has much to do with it).

Though, to be fair, it's partly if not largely the fault of a lazy and uncritical rock press that this talented but basically soulless technician was elevated to the status of a Guitar God. Shows you, I suppose, just how much such status is really worth.


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That deadbeat junkie Eric Clapton should be shot and p%$$&d on for his version of "I Shot the Sheriff."
And that's not the only reason that this is a good idea. I submit "Cocaine" and most of his icky "Unplugged" album. 'lance, actually the King Curtis version is a kind of cover of a cover. The original rock song, WSP, was written by Matthew Fisher, of the late great Procol "Conquistador" Harum. He claimed it was inspired by an Aria from Bach.

quote:
Nigel: You know very much like, I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really, it's like a Mach piece really.
Marty: What do you call this?
Nigel: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump."


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Ah, Eric Clapton, an aquired distaste.


All the other guitarists in rock swear he's one of the best, if not the best guitarist.

I just wonder when he's going to share that with the listening public.


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I've never understood the cult around Eric (the chinless wonder) Clapton. The two best things to ever happen to him were Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

Just about anyone (even the third guitarist from Motorhead) seems to have more on the ball then him. But then again what do I know.


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posted 11 October 2002 05:17 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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'lance, actually the King Curtis version is a kind of cover of a cover. The original rock song, WSP, was written by Matthew Fisher, of the late great Procol "Conquistador" Harum. He claimed it was inspired by an Aria from Bach.

Yes, I was aware of it (the Procul Harem and Bach bits, that is). I should watch the movie again, just on general principles, and listen more closely to that version.

quote:
All the other guitarists in rock swear he's one of the best, if not the best guitarist.

Again, just goes to show that musicians' musicians, like music talk from musicians, can be boring beyond belief to those of us outside the tent.


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The two best things to ever happen to him were Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

Seconded.

Arch, about seeing Peter Tosh...I am truly envious.

You have any recordings of his radio shows?

The ones he was killed for?

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As one who has played in/with a few (garage and off-off garage) bands, I have met quite a few guitarists. Of those who were any good, not one would say "Eric Clapton" in response to the "Who's the Best" question, though he always gets respect. Jimmy Page has been voted "Worst Guitar God" by many of these. Some names that come up among guitarists I know in "Best Player" category- in Rock, anyway. Oh yeah, keep in mind that no musician worth her salt will acknowledge that these "Who's the Best?" arguments have any validity and will refused to engage in these unless plied with copious amounts of alcohol, etc. so I may be hazy on some of the details .

Guitar Gods (part 1)
Steve Vai
Joe Satriani
Eric Johnson
Eddie Van Halen
Mark Knoffler
Yngwie Malmsteen
Phil Keaggy

Of course, there are the old standbys:

Jimi
Steve Howe
Pete Townshend

What's more interesting to me is who are people's favourite guitar players. Technical proficiency means it takes less time to play those scales. That's about it IMO.

Some of my favourites are:

David Gilmour
Otis Rush
Chet Atkins
Lowell George
Ry Cooder


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Favourites?

Paul Weller
Pete Townshed
Greg Ginn
black francis (aka Frank Black)
Lightning Hopkins
Gina? from the Go-gos (strictly a personal choice)
I'm sure I'll remember more.


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I don't go in much for Guitar Gods either, but I think Richard Thompson should be on anyone's list.

Back in Toronto again, in 1988, I won tickets to see him by phoning in to CKLN. Amazing show.


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I had this guitar player discussion two days ago.

I picked Steve Vai (for his stuff with Zappa - wasn't he also the Devil's picker in Crossroads?") and Django Reinhardt.

flotsom; I saw Tosh in Saskatoon in '81. Jimmy Cliff opened for him. I saw him again in '82 in Regina. The second time I was right in front of the stage, with all the long-haired metalhead acid eaters who knew him only through "Johnny B." We'd have made eye contact but for his dark glasses.

Both these concerts were in the cities' respective cultural "showcase," the Centre of the Arts and the Centennial Auditorium. Some patrons had season's passes - older symphony/operatic types
who didn't seem quite comfortable in the Reggae milieu.


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The sound in those buildings must be great.

Arch, you saw Tosh when reggae was at its peak as well.

Lucky fellow.

I had a weird little Lee Scratch Perry encounter a few years ago when he came down to the causeway in Victoria...nothing that compares to seeing a Peter Tosh show, of course.

Tosh for me is like the sharp edge of the axe that is reggae -- with all of the weight and momentum of Bob Marley behind him.


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Arch - you're right about Steve Vai, he did play the Devil's Champion in the guitar duel at the end of Crossroads.

There are so many good covers, but a few I especially like:

- Laibach's version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

- Nick Cave/Shane McGowan duet of What a Wonderful World.

- I find Marilyn Manson boring most of the time, I like his cover of Soft Cell's Tainted Love.

- Ramones cover of the theme from the cheesy 60s Spiderman cartoon


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Up in the wee hours...can't sleep...must... post cover song... opinions. Geez, is there like, a twelve step program or something?

Trivia: Soundtrack to "Crossroads" composed by Ry Cooder. Almost all slide guitar, Ry Cooder. Final satanic "headcuttin'" composed and both parts played by Steve Vai.

Covers for which legal action should be taken:

"American Woman"- Lenny Kravitz

"Money"- Flying Lizards

"Layla"- Eric Clapton "Unplugged" version

Some more great cover songs: I heard a great bluegrass (!) version of "Purple Haze" performed by Acoustically Inclined at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, complete with kickass fiddle solo .

All of Joe Jackson's Louis Jordan covers on "Jumpin' Jive"

"Michelle" by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Howard Levy, NOT Clapton, is God.

"There is Something on Your Mind" has been covered by many musicians. Among them, Long John Baldry and Buddy Guy. There is no version that I have heard that is even in the same league as that belonging to the great Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave Mclean!!!

"Games People Play"- Georgia Sattelites

"Mustang Sally"- The Commitments

"Take Me to the River"- Talking Heads

"I Want a New Drug"- Asleep at the Wheel. This is actually a good song! Who'd 'a' thunk it?

"Bird on a Wire"- Neville Brothers. I normally HATE that fussily ornate, overdecorated Motown singing style that infects "Lite" and "Kool" easy listening stations like a suppurating fungus, where every note has to have scales and arpeggios stuck to it like toilet paper to a shoe...but when it comes out of Aaron Neville's pipes, it is heavenly.

"Stand By Me"-John Lennon

"Spiderman Theme"- Moxy Fruvous


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It's interesting to listen to the differences of opinion on "Guitar Heroes" between those who play and those who listen.

It's not always technical ability, it's what's done with the ability, how it's laid out for the listener.

In that vien, I think Pete Townsend is the best. He writes and plays as if he's in the audience and perpetually 17 years old. Amazing.

Jimmy Page comes close. But oddly enough, watching him in videos and in concert, he doesn't play as if he feels the power of his own music. A strangely restrained stage presence, considering the music.

Hendrix comes close to Townsend, I think, maybe equal, judging by old films.

Eddie Van Halen? Can't stand Van Halen. Bubble gum pop tunes dressed up with fuzzy guitar. eeeyuck.

Of course there's other moods, other considerations. B.B. King is the consumate master-- and Jeff Beck a worthy accolayte--when he's at his best.

After Townsend, the most impressive guitar player I've seen live? Roy Clark. Believe it or don't.

I'm showing my age, aren't I?

Well, in these here modern times, I was partial to the top hat dude from Gun's and Roses. Of the bands of that era, I thought him the only one to due passable homage to the previous guitar heroes.

More up to date, I'm rather smitten by "The Tea Party", and the guitar work and arrangements of Jeff Martin.

Yes, I do wear my hair too long, and my trouser cuffs too tight........

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posted 12 October 2002 10:35 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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I normally HATE that fussily ornate, overdecorated Motown singing style that infects "Lite" and "Kool" easy listening stations like a suppurating fungus, where every note has to have scales and arpeggios stuck to it like toilet paper to a shoe...but when it comes out of Aaron Neville's pipes, it is heavenly.

Got it in one take, Sisyphus.

I took the liberty of sending that one to be pressed, over there.

But don't worry, you'll retain all rights. It won't end up in a commercial without your permission or anything.

Trust me, kid. Have I ever lied to you?


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Rebecca West
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posted 12 October 2002 12:35 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post

[ October 12, 2002: Message edited by: Rebecca West ]


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Rebecca West
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posted 12 October 2002 12:37 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
What is it about guys and guitars? Anyway, Guns 'n Roses does a superior cover of Wing's Live and Let Die (sorry McCartney fans, but he's too much of a sissy to pull off that tune with anything remotely resembling menace). In a totally different vein, Coltrane's version of Duke Ellington's In A Sentimental Mood is lovely. And I really like Marianne Faithfull's cover of John Lennon's Working Class Heroes.

Agree about Talking Heads' Take Me To The River.

Oh, and listening to Britney Spears' cover of Joan Jett's I Love Rock N Roll gave me hives. The horror. The horror.


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'lance
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posted 12 October 2002 12:51 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Me three on Marianne Faithful and Talking Heads.

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What is it about guys and guitars?

Well geez, Rebecca, if you have to ask...


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posted 12 October 2002 12:52 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
One of my dead pan jokes is to tell people I met Axle Roads from Guns n Roses once. When they ask were, I say the grocery store, he was behind me in ly-hee-eye-hee-ine.

I know, it's lame.....but once and a while these things click, you gotta keep pluggin away until they do, or someone shoots you.


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Arch Stanton
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posted 12 October 2002 01:31 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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After Townsend, the most impressive guitar player I've seen live? Roy Clark. Believe it or don't.

*Twilght Zone music in background*

Yikes! I mentioned Roy Clark in that conversation the other day...but nobody had heard of him.


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Rebecca West
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posted 12 October 2002 04:17 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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What is it about guys and guitars?
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Well geez, Rebecca, if you have to ask...


I know, I know. Cars, wars, guitars.
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I know, it's lame.....but once and a while these things click, you gotta keep pluggin away until they do, or someone shoots you.
Landsakes Paw, wherz ma .22?

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josh
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posted 12 October 2002 05:19 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
What about best cover of one's own song?

Maybe because he's a local guy, but I always liked Todd Rundgren's remake of Hello, It's Me, which he originally did with his band the Nazz.


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satana
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posted 12 October 2002 06:50 PM      Profile for satana     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The first "best" cover tune that I thought of was Tori Amos's "Losing My Religion", but I can't stand her version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

A favourite tune no one's mentioned yet: Mary Jane Lamond with Ashley MacIsaac - "Sleepy Maggie".


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'lance
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posted 12 October 2002 10:34 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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I know, I know. Cars, wars, guitars.

Well, for myself, I don't care much for cars. And not at all for wars. But as for guitars... chixdigguyswith'em. Or so I was always told, anyway...


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 13 October 2002 06:39 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Not to be too fruedian, but I think if you look at how a guitar is worn and wielded, it's pretty phallic.
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Rebecca West
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posted 13 October 2002 09:14 AM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I got my Musician Phase over with early - age 17 to 20 I dated a folk guitarist, a drummer and a jazz pianist. All narcissistic jerks. Pronounced myself 'cured' of that particular dating disorder and moved on to other varieties And that freudian thing - it extends to all instruments, though there's alot to be said for small motor skills and dexterity

I can live without the Tori Amos and Lennie Kravitz covers, but I agree about the Todd Rundgren. He rocks.


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posted 13 October 2002 12:40 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Harps look like a big open vagina.

Oooh, and the way a grand piano opens. You French horn players know exactly what I'm talking about...

Vagina.

The treble clef!!

Vagina.

"Honey, get the kids! We're leaving! This orchestra is venal!"

[ October 13, 2002: Message edited by: flotsom ]


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posted 13 October 2002 12:47 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'll never just walk through a doorway again.

[ October 13, 2002: Message edited by: flotsom ]


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Briguy
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posted 15 October 2002 11:50 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I don't know if this is on anyone else's list, but baby Osbourne's version of Madonna's Papa Don't Preach is atrocious. I couldn't run to the radio tuner fast enough last time it started up. Ew. Ew. Ew.
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audra trower williams
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posted 15 October 2002 12:15 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Word, 'bri.

In other news, I'm closing this.


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