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Posted on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 08:06

By the way, you look fantastic in your boots of Chinese plastic. Sorry, that's the song on the radio right now. Chrissie Hynde is still rocking. Trust me this is a good thing. But that doesn't really have anything to do with the following..... Covers, when one band or artist copies another band or artist, have been around, affronting some and pleasing the rest of us for a really, really long time. Here now, for your dancing and dining pleasure, is my official list of cool covers. I've worked on this for a while and bring it to you because I want to know what you think. Add? Subtract? James what the hell were you thinking? Please chime in! Original artist/band first, song title, and the artist/band who did the cover. I would especially like to know if I'm in error on any of this so like I said feel free to look these songs up online and tell me what you like or hate and why. Numbered, but in no particular order-- 1. Hurra Torpedo... just kidding but look them up anyway ;~) 2. Bob Seger/Turn the Page/Metallica 3. John Lennon/Watching the Wheels/Matisyahu 4. The Kaiser Chiefs/Oh My God/Lily Allen 5. Black Sabbath/War Pigs/Cake 6. The Eurythmics/ Sweet Dreams(Are Made of This)/Marilyn Manson 7. Simon and Garfunkel/Mrs. Robinson/The Lemonheads 8. Justin Timberlake/Cry Me a River/The Cliks 9. Jethro Tull/Cross-Eyed Mary/Iron Maiden 10. The Police/Message in a Bottle/Matisyahu 11. moe./In a Big Country/Big Country 12.David Bowie/The Man Who Sold the World/Nirvana 13. Don Henley/Boys of Summer/The Ataris 14. Gloria Gaynor/I Will Survive/Cake 15. Bob Dylan/All Along the Watchtower/Jimi Hendrix 16. Genesis/Land of Confusion/Disturbed 17. Rush/A Passage to Bankok/Scary German Guy 18. Rush/Tom Sawyer/DJ Ztrip 19. Rush/Closer to the Heart/Fates Warning 20. Rush/YYZ/String Quartet Tribute to Rush (I could do this part of the list all day hahaha) 21. Michael Jackson/Smooth Criminal/Alien Ant Farm 22. The Cure/I Will Always Love You/311 23. The Beatles/In My Life/Johnny Cash 24. The Buggles/Video Killed the Radio Star/The Presidents of the United States of Amerca 25. Led Zeppelin/Good Times, Bad Times/Godsmack Whew!


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Posted on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 10:18

Speaking of Johnny Cash, didn't he do a couple of 9 Inch Nails covers just before he died? I seem to remember the song "Hurt" with images of his wife...


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Posted on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 08:09

Nice to see you again! I had to weigh in here. Willie Nelson did a great cover of the Dave Matthews song "Gravedigger". The Jane's Addiction cover of Ripple is great, I was listening to it this weekend. BTW....September playoffs, Go Sox!


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Posted on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 10:53

Wow! Another cover had reared it's head. The background noise in my life (Which is a far cry from the soundtrack to my life and times haha I couldn't resist!) is a most excellent radio station that plays all alternative all the time. Even their specialty shows are far from normal. This particular album came out in July. It's entirely possible that I missed but unlikely because my radio is always on.... 32. Everlast/Fulsom Prison Blues/Johnny Cash Cash (BTW- I highly recommend his autobiography Cash by Johnny Cash). Just when ya think the guy can't get any cooler, he posthumously does. The kick to this particular cover is that Everlast had the cajones to weave a loop from Cypress Hill's Insane in the Membrane through it.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 19:17

31. Jem/Maybe I'm Amazed/Paul McCartney It's funny but since creating this blog my brain has begun to search the ol' memory bank. I suddenly remembered standing in a record store a few years ago and hearing a really delicate cover of this song. Maybe I was amazed at the piano work. Instead of hammering that low end upward progression of notes Jem replaced it with a whispering (bordering on the sublime) higher end progression of the same notes. A simple google search of the song title ten minutes ago and viola! I'm sure there's more to come but in the mean time do the same search (on any of the songs for that matter) which was the original purpose of this blog and tell me what you think. C'mon now people give it a go.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 13:37

29. The Clash/Rudie Can't Fail/The Mighty Mighty Bosstones It wasn't until I saw Gross Pointe Blank when I realized just how cool that song is. Stupid learning curve! lol! 30. The Clash/Should I Stay or Should I Go/Ice Cube and Mack 10 I've seen this song performed live by many many local cover bands and am certain that I've never heard any one of the lead singers say: "Should I stay or should I go yo..." Nice! Both of these songs are from The Clash Tribute "Burning London." An excellent find for any Clash fan.


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Posted on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 10:22

You remembered, Miss Darcy! I'm flattered beyond words. Yes,in 10 days, I will be one year away from the number of roads a man must walk down. Cool fish thing is, I truly LOVE walking! In other words, bring it the hell on!! Bummer that you didn't get to the Tubes concert. shewillgiveyoueverypenniesworth butitwillcostyouadollarfirst whywouldilie? The Ragani Kirtan concert was a beautiful experience. Intimate to the point where in the time it takes to get from buying my ticket to sitting down, I was stopped by two different older Middle Easterners who had really nice things to say about the shirt I was wearing. Ya can't cut that kind of love and respect (From complete strangers) with a cordless Sawzall. After the show, I noticed that Ragani and her world-class back up band were slowly packing it in while talking and signing autographs. Naturally, I chatted it up with the drummer who played a mean djembe. Nice guy. Wicked cool drum with a hairy head. I told him I'm not crazy about that kind of head because you can't push your finger across it and get that WooOOOOo noise off it. He agreed and confessed that he'd been thinking about folding a skin headed djembe into the mix so he could switch off from time to time. Meeting Ragani and her million dollar smile was interesting. I really think she felt my gratitude as I explained to her that while yes I'm a musician and a very open-minded one at that I was a Kirtan virgin. I thanked her for popping my cherry. (NOT my exact words but ya know what I mean) Her bass player (I think that's who she was pointing to) used to be in the Violent Femmes. How frikkin' cool is that??


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Posted on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 21:18

ic ant think of any !!!!! glad youa re among the living again. i did not go to the tubes,,the guy is far too attached to me and I didnt want to encourage him in any way. BUT im looking for places to perform,,,maybe even Americas Got Talent,,,as I DO have some. lolol canyouimgaineit ? blarg


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Posted on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 11:52

Sorry, didn't mean to get off track. Back to the blog... I've heard the Glenn Campbell tune a couple more times and have decided it rates, so here goes: 26. The Foo Fighters/Times Like These/Glenn Campbell Plus here's a couple more that I forgot to put on the original list: 27. The Grateful Dead/Ripple/Jane's Addiction 28. The Who/Love Reign O'er Me/Pearl Jam Your suggestions don't have to be Alternative music, it's just what I'm in to at the moment. When it comes to music, I like to think of myself as non-denominational. So jump in! I'd love to hear from you...


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Posted on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 11:22

HI SHAZ!!! Was a wonderin' when you'd be chimin' in! Good to see you. I totally did not mean to drop off the planet like that but I took the good advice that was given by you and some other MMers on the job front. I decided to take it slow and easy and explore options. But I needed to spend more time on it as I sometimes have the attention span of a pregnant newt. I'm also back in sync with my walking program- with a vengeance! It turned out that October to remember had more of a negative affect than I could see at the time. Proof of denial was that I couldn't even blog about it. And let's face it, December was a little well, wierd, but the scar on my neck has only added depth to my coolness. ;> Plus, ~added bonus~, it was soooo nice to actually watch (and participate in) an actual Summer. I'd heard good things about... um... Summer so I thought I'd give it a try. I did a ton of excellent things that I wouldn't have had I been working or blogging. I went to my first Kirtan concert. The artist's name was Ragani and I found the show to be warm, evocative, colorful, emotive, and moving. Put her name in a search box, Shaz. Even if you're not down with the call and response chanting of Kirtan I really think you'd like her voice. Saw RUSH again! 18 times and counting... I took chances this Summer and was rewarded in kind and serendipity seems to be the word of the day! An out of nowhere phone call from the high school sweetheart kind of reward. Best part is, that is only one example and I no longer believe in coincedence. Way to go on your singing, Shaz! Proud of you! My singing has been coming along nicely. Still have a long way to go but I like where I'm going with it. And yes, I'll still be roaming around here, but I've taken a 'less blogging and more doing' approach to my life, and couldn't be happier with the results sofar...


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Posted on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 08:43

hey you..dont know exactly when ,,but Happy Birthday !


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Posted on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 08:18

Hours after posting this blog, there was an OMG moment. A new cover (It's coolness has yet to be determined, only having heard it once, but liking it) has come into play and, well..... Glenn Campbell?! Yes, I said the same thing...."Huh?" Aye Lads and Lasses, 'tis true. The Rhinestone Cowboy has made an album of Alternative covers. Alternative Music is what my list is rooted in. I feel so exposed!!! LOL! It's one thing for Johnny Cash to do a cover. That guy, besides being the embodiment of the word cool, could take any song on the planet and make people think he wrote it. But Glenn Campbell? This is crazy talk. But, astonishingly enough, he did a pitch-perfect take on a Foo Fighters' song called Times Like These. It's a world gone mad!


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Posted on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 07:49

and here i thought I knew something about music. Where you been at, boy ? HEy , you might apprectiate this... down to the condo I'm remodeling, being on the 18th green, I meet mucho golfers. One of the locals who comes round a lot is now a friend. Turns out he is also a fusion-bass player. I sang for him last time he came round.Knocked him out. ALSO turns out that he is the brother of one of the members of the Tubes....who just happen to be playing in Santa Cruz tonight,,down near the condo. yeap...me going, most likely. Nothing like an end of summer concert.


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