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What have you been listening to ?


Oct 4 2012, 3:04am

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What have you been listening to ? Can't Post

Greetings music lovers ! Still working in 100 degree heat here in San Diego, thankfully I have my ipod to keep me entertained. Speaking of which, a remarkable amount of cover songs have been coming through the headphones lately. I've always been fascinated by an artists interpretation of someone else's work. Out of the thousands of songs on my ipod, all of these have been heard since Monday......

I'll start with Biz Markie doing a rousing version of Elton John's 'Benny & The Jets'. Biz has recorded this version and performed it live with the Beastie Boys several times, but I like this version of him live on the Chris Rock show the most.....the band is on fire btw...
Biz Markie - Benny and The Jets

From now on, i'll put the original artist in parentheses...

Joey Ramone - What A Wonderful World ( Louis Armstrong )
Devo - I Can't Get No Satisfaction ( Rolling Stones )
UB40 featuring Chrissy Hynde - I Got You Babe ( Sonny & Cher )
Art of Noise - Peter Gunn ( Duane Eddy )
Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones - Kiss ( Prince )
DJ Z Trip - Tom Sawyer ( Rush )
Voivod - Astronomy Domine ( Pink Floyd )
Ghost - Here Comes The Sun ( The Beatles )
the English Beat - The Tears Of A Clown ( Smokey Robinson )
The Clash - Police And Thieves ( Junior Murvin )
Aswad - Mercy Me ( Marvin Gaye )
Fishbone - Freddies Dead ( Curtis Mayfield )
Motorhead - Enter Sandman ( Metallica )
Celtic Frost - Mexican Radio ( Wall Of Voodoo )
Van Halen - You Really Got Me ( The Kinks )
Missing Persons - Hello, I Love You ( The Doors )

Any other favorite cover songs out there ?


Oct 4 2012, 2:03pm

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cover songs [In reply to] Can't Post

a few that come to mind immediately:

Grace Jones - Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash) - I heard this on an episode of ER and spent years tracking down the artist (things were hard before the net)

two by Marilyn Manson
Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode)
This is Halloween (from Nightmare Before Christmas)

Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (Cher)

Rebekah Del Rio - Llorando (Crying) - Roy Orbison

I like quite a few of the covers that vocal groups do - as heard on the shows Sing Off or Glee.

Here's Pentatonix doing Somebody That I Used to Know and Glee doing Like a Prayer.

And it they aren't quite covers but I love what Jimmy Fallon and Weird Al do to spoof popular songs/artists.

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Oct 4 2012, 2:36pm

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Lady Gaga & Vitamin String Quartet [In reply to] Can't Post

I think she's awesome, and I love belting out her songs along with her.

Pandora led me to the Vitamin String Quartet, who cover rock songs (like "Bad Romance"), and I love them too.

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Oct 5 2012, 9:41pm

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Vivaldi, Beethoven, Brahms--NPR mostly. [In reply to] Can't Post

I heard a recording of Vivaldi (4 Seasons, Summer) that practically made me jump out of the car when the basses joined in! I'd never heard such power in Vivaldi before. Makes me wonder if he conducted his works that way or not. (Oh for a time-traveling microphone!) I didn't hear what group it was--I may have to call in and find out!


Oct 6 2012, 3:48am

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Ben Folds Five - Sound of the Life of the Mind [In reply to] Can't Post

BF5 reunited recently and recorded this album. It's growing on me a lot. You can tell the difference between this and Folds' solo albums, and it mostly feels closer to the last BF5 album (Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, from 1999) than any of the Folds solo records. This is a good thing in my opinion.

As part of this, they made a music video for the song "Do It Anyway", featuring the Fraggles from the Jim Henson show Fraggle Rock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEyrfFwf3rI

Also along with this I've been going back to other Ben Folds albums, both with the Five and without. My favorite BF5 song is maybe "Smoke" from Whatever and Ever Amen, or "Don't Change Your Plans" or "Mess" from Unauthorized Biography.... The only BF solo album I really liked was his first after the band, Rocking the Suburbs, though I never did hear Lonely Avenue and maybe I should. In any case, until 1.5 years ago I'm not sure what my favorite BF solo song was; since then it's been "Still Fighting It" from that album. (It's about his son; it's the first song I listened to after finding out my wife and I were going to have a boy.)

As far as the new album goes, I am liking "Erase Me" and "The Sound of the Life of the Mind" and "On Being Frank" and "Draw a Crowd" and "Do It Anyway". That's like half the songs, and really I am liking the other half too, so...

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Tol Eressea

Oct 6 2012, 3:57am

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That's a great list :) [In reply to] Can't Post

I’m especially fond of The English Beat’s version of Tears of a Clown. As great as the original is, the EB put their own stamp on it in such a fun way.

Here are some favorites related to your choices:

Over The Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World medley - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Peter Gunn – The Blues Brothers
I Fought the Law – The Clash (written by Sonny Curtis from the Crickets, made famous by Bobby Fuller Four)
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction – Otis Redding
We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder (Beatles)
Got To Get You Into My Life – Earth Wind & Fire (Beatles)

Some others:

Take Me to The River – Talking Heads (Al Green)
The Joker – Fatboy Slim (Steve Miller Band) (the song doesn't start until about :36, but the kittens are cute)
Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder)
Just Like Starting Over – The Flaming Lips (John Lennon)
Lean on Me - Club Nouveau (Bill Withers)
My Funny Valentine – Elvis Costello (written by Rodgers and Hart recorded by many, including Frank Sinatra) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8nRiyrIAk
Stardust - Willie Nelson (Hoagy Carmichael)

And what about less famous original versions (or inspirations for later hits):

Blinded by the Light by Bruce Springsteen later made famous by Manfred Mann
Bruce’s version has twice as many verses, much wordier, but is two minutes shorter LOL. It has a stream-of-consciousness, jazzy feel that is more upbeat.

And, maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t realize Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise was based on Stevie Wonder’s Pastime Paradise. Both are great IMO.
Pastime Paradise:
Gangsta’s Paradise

Tol Eressea

Oct 6 2012, 4:02am

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Jimmy Fallon doing Neil Young - I laughed until I cried :D [In reply to] Can't Post

And then Bruce Springsteen came out dressed like...Bruce Springsteen, but 30 years younger. So funny!


Oct 6 2012, 4:08am

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you would have a triad of Paradise songs if you added [In reply to] Can't Post

Amish Paradise by Weird Al

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Oct 6 2012, 4:18am

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Jimmy has done Neil more than once [In reply to] Can't Post

and he's spot on from the eyes of this fan of Neil's since 1968 (and before that in Buffalo Springfield).

I guess these are covers of a sort.

Jim Morrison covers Reading Rainbow :-)

Bob Dylan covers Charles in Charge

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Tol Eressea

Oct 6 2012, 4:36am

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This is the one that made me laugh til I couldn't breathe [In reply to] Can't Post


"Neil Young" singing Whip My Hair Back and Forth so (seemingly) sincerely and plaintively just tickled my funny bone. Then Bruce joins in...pricelessLaugh

I'd seen the others, too - and they are hilarious, but this one kills me.Cool

Tol Eressea

Oct 6 2012, 4:37am

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LOL :D // [In reply to] Can't Post


wendy woo

Oct 6 2012, 4:50am

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Listened to Adele's new song "Skyfall" for the new Bond film. [In reply to] Can't Post

It put me in the mood for Chris Cornell's Bond tune "You Know My Name" from the movie Casino Royale. Other than that my listening choices seemed to be determined very often by what the kids want to hear. Been listening to the latest Veggietales tune, "The League of Incredible Vegetables" by the Newsboys quite a bit lately. A tune you just can't seem to get out of your head! Oh well, such is motherhood.

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Oct 6 2012, 10:48am

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Love [In reply to] Can't Post

Vivaldi's 4 Seasons but winter is my favorite part. Winter is my favorite season in real life but I'm afraid we won't have one again this year. It's still in the 80s.Frown


Oct 6 2012, 2:22pm

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Another great cover of "Rainbow" was done by the late Eva Cassidy [In reply to] Can't Post


Makes me cry because I used to sing this version with a guitarist friend, who recently passed from cancer. I'll be singing it again at his memorial.

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

- James Hillman, Healing Fiction

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Tol Eressea

Oct 7 2012, 4:01am

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This really is a beautiful version [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sorry about your friend. This song is such a fitting tribute to a loved one. I'm sure it will mean a lot to his other friends and family to have you sing it.


Oct 7 2012, 12:30pm

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Yeah, another huge [In reply to] Can't Post

Neil Young fan who got a kick out of those Jimmy Fallon impressions. Sings real slow & soulful "whip my hair back & forth", lol!


Oct 7 2012, 1:44pm

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If that had been his first one, it would have been lost on me... [In reply to] Can't Post

...since I didn't know anything about the original song. But I think the first one I heard him do was Pants on the Ground and I had just heard that on American Idol. So it was a huge hoot.

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Oct 7 2012, 6:04pm

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I really like [In reply to] Can't Post

the Grace Jones version of Ring of Fire, and had completely forgotten about it. Nice mellow reggae groove juxtaposed against Grace's powerful presence makes for a good listen : )


Oct 7 2012, 7:30pm

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Right back at you zarabia ! [In reply to] Can't Post

I had great fun listening to your links : )

Especially Club Nouveau's version of 'Lean On Me'...I remember summoning up the courage to ask a girl to dance in high school when this song came on....Laugh such a lovely up beat version....thanks for reminding me of it Smile

And Otis Redding's ' I Can't Get No Satisfaction' ??? Wow. Great stuff ! Your list reminded me of a few more....

Motley Crue - Helter Skelter ( The Beatles )
Heart - Rock N' Roll ( Led Zeppelin )
Iggy Pop - Louie Louie ( The Kingsmen )
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Good Golly Miss Molly ( Little Richard )
The Cure - Purple Haze ( Jimi Hendrix )


Oct 8 2012, 1:44am

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These were all great fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

I would never have guessed that I would like Jimmy Fallon much considering his propensity for busting up in every single SNL skit, but his stuff on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is consistently hilarious.

But you are what you love,
And not what loves you back.
And I'm in love with illusions
So saw me in half.
I'm in love with tricks
So pull another rabbit out your hat.


Oct 8 2012, 9:17am

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Music [In reply to] Can't Post

When I'm at work, and I'm allowed to listen to music, it's usually radio. Wink

I've recently discovered "Mumford & Sons", and I think they're worth listening to, currently trying to find more material!

Other than that, it's almost all kinds of music, from classic to hardrock.

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Oct 8 2012, 5:03pm

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Most recently? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been listening to old anime soundtrack albums, especially Joe Hisaishi's Nausicaa Image Album, Kitaro's Millennia (for Queen Millennia), Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T 1 & 2, and Inuyasha Theme Song Collection.

'Thus spake Ioreth, wise-woman of Gondor: The hands of the king are the hands of a healer, and so shall the rightful king be known.' - Gandalf the White

Ethel Duath

Oct 8 2012, 5:27pm

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Ah! I love Winter (the season and The Season[s]) as well! [In reply to] Can't Post

And I adore snow, although I feel like I'm taking my life in my hands saying so! I even like shoveling the walk . . .BlushSmile

It's in the 60's and low 70's here, much warmer than normal, but cooling down, so I guess there is some hope . . .Unsure


Oct 9 2012, 2:29pm

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Book on CD, The Broker by John Grisham [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a fantastic story read so well. I have one part I listen to over and over again in the truck as I drive to and from work ;)


I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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