(This will likely be a continuing series as I’m always on the lookout for Bee Gees Covers)
Been meaning to check out Dirty Streets due to comparisons to bands like Grand Funk Railroad and when I pulled them up on Spotify, discovered they released a cover of “Stayin’ Alive” in October. Love how this takes the original and spins it in a bluesy twist – the lyrics are recognizable, the melody still there but it’s not a note-for-note cover.
At 2.6 million views, this isn’t a secret but, wow, how did I not know about this?
I don’t want fully-fleshed out covers with a full compliment of instruments. I want stripped down covers where the songwriting shines through.
Simple, simple, simple. Showcase the power of the song.
Everybody loves the Boss for his blue collar rock anthems – the kind that make you stand up in your chair, throw your fist in the air, sing along at the top of your lungs, maybe even make your feet shuffle – but there are very few songs that move me the way the slower, driving late at night number does.
Glancing through YouTube, there are dozens of covers by all sorts of artists from many different genres. This morning I stumbled upon a version by Kate Tucker backed by members of Lovedrug.
Kate’s made her version of “I’m on Fire” available for free via Bandcamp where you can also listen to (and buy) Kate’s most recent release, Ghost of Something New.
Here’s some things I listened to last week. Feel free to tell me what you listened to by leaving your list in the comment section below.
The Henry Clay People
Seems like an odd choice to be the opening act on the upcoming Drive-By Truckers tour but that’s what they are doing for most of September and October.
Found their 2007 CD Golden Daze in the dollar bin at Half-Price Books, definitely worth a buck (and more!). Kind of a rawer/bluesier Kings of Leon.
More to come on The Dollyrots show that I attended earlier this week but I’ve been playing their new CD, A Little Messed Up, non-stop around the house for the last week or two. My kids have caught The Dollyrots bug and my youngest knows more of the words to the songs than I do!
“Rock Control” by The Dollyrots, filmed at Skully’s in Columbus, Ohio on August 30, 2010. Intro by my 5-year-old, Piper.
Can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Cowboys from Hell was released. The massively influential CD is getting the deluxe reissue treatment later this month with a 3-CD package that includes a bunch of live material and a disc full of demos (some of which are early versions of songs that would later be released). Seriously, how incredibly bad ass – even 20 years later – are songs like “Cowboys from Hell”, “Primal Concrete Sludge”, and “Domination”?
Bruce Springsteen – “I’m On Fire”
Not really sure why I had this song in my head all week but I love Springsteen when he’s a little bit darker/somber.