26 May 2009

covers 2: electric boogaloo

More cover-iffic tunes!
Following my previous post of groovy &/or wacky covers, here are some more brave boys & girls traversing the musical territory of others. Welcome back to the party, just don't spend all yer time in the kitchen thinkin' yer cool~
First up are English post-punkers, pre-gothers Echo & The Bunnymen rawkin' out on the very American "Run, Run, Run". Kudos, blokes, on a kickin' live version of the Velvet Underground classic. Seu Jorge then does his Brazilian take on Bowie's very English "Life on Mars", complete with mostly-nonsensical Portuguese lyrics. Madcon livens up the party with their Norwegian party-thumper, pumpin' mad beatz into Frankie Valli's "Beggin'". Then comes the curveball of the bunch, the tune thrown on the virtual turntable that either makes the folks wince or grin, or perhaps both- The Beautiful South, terribly underrated Brits, during their later (& somewhat unfortunate) country phase, turning "You're The One That I Want", from it seems every generation's childhood all at once, "Grease", into a country soul dirge of sorts. We finish strong with U2's wonderful Irish-country-rock take on the great Woody Guthrie's folk classic "Jesus Christ", recorded some twenty years back during their Sun Studios sessions. The song is a real rave-up & the lyrics are spot-on, eviscerating those who claim to believe in the man (&/or son of god depending on what one believes) but certainly do not follow in his proverbial footsteps. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes about Mr. Christ, from Woody Allen's "Husbands & Wives", "If Jesus Christ came back today and saw what was being done in his name, he'd never stop throwing up."
With that, our covers party winds to a close. Looking back, it turned out to be a very international, multiculti sort of affair, full of good tunes & questionable behavior, as every decent party should be.
Hope you enjoy the soundtrack & leave hummin' a few tunes on the car ride home (or to Denny's if the soiree ended too early for yer tastes...)~

1 comment:

Robt Seda-Schreiber said...

Find the muzik here~
Echo's "Run"- "Crystal Days 1979-1999", although mine's off of Japanese import "New, Live & Rare"
Seu's "Life"- "Life Aquatic" soundtrack
Madcon's "Beggin'"- "So Dark the Con of Man"
Beautiful South's "One That I Want"- "Golddiggas Headnodders & Pholk Songs"
U2's "Jesus"- "Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly"
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