Song of the Week: Harder Better Faster Stronger

This week we feature another cover.  This time, it is a 15-piece orchestra from Germany, Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld, covering Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

You may be familiar with the original version by Daft Punk, which Kanye West sampled in his song “Stronger”.  It also makes a fun metal song, as well as fodder for a string quartet.  Then there’s also this cool fingerstyle version.

Song of the Week: Dear Prudence

It’s not often I post a song of the week that is a cover song, that I think someone else could do a better version of.

But this week’s song is Jerry Garcia’s version of Dear Prudence.  The song starts off with a basic hippie groove, and then adds in some nice horn parts.  It’s a different take on the song that works really well.

Unfortunately, I can’t help but hearing this and thinking that Earth Wind and Fire would do a better version.  After all, they have had some success covering Beatles songs.

 

 

Song(s) of the Week: Sgt. Pepper Edition

Are you tired of all the hype regarding the 50th anniversary of the Greatest Album of All Time?  If so, I have a slightly different take.

First up, Beatallica, with their track Sgt. Hetfield’s Motorbreath Pub Band from the album of the same name.  What can you say about a band that mashes the Beatles and Metallica?  It’s like when peanut butter meets chocolate.

Then, of course, The Rutles, the band people refer to as “Spinal Tap for Beatles fans”.  Their movie All You Need Is Cash , featuring Eric Idle, was the first “mocumentary”  and takes a Tragical History Tour through the past.  Do I have to spell it out?   Here’s Major Happy’s Up and Coming Once Upon a Good Time Band.

Or you could listen to the Punkles.  Or a reggae styled full album cover, Easy Star Lonely Hearts Dub Band.   I noticed that they also paid tribute to The Dark Side of the Moon, Thriller, and OK Computer.

Finally I’ll close with Klaatu, a band better remembered for the rumor that their first album was an anonymous project by the Beatles.  Sure, it sounds far fetched, but people believed that crazy story about Paul.   Regardless, their first album, 3:47 EST is worth listening if you want to hear a Beatles tribute band doing progressive rock that sounds like The Moody Blues or ELO.

 

Songs of the Week: Two Covers

That’s right, this week we have two songs (catching up from missing last week), both of which are covers which might sound like odd choices but make sense when you hear them.

First is “Changes” by Charles Bradley.  You may be wondering how an artist known as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” ended up covering an obscure song by Black Sabbath.  After all the original is a simple ballad where Ozzy is backed up with nothing more than a piano and what sounds like Mellotron strings.

It works for a few reasons.  The first being the song itself.  Sure the piano sounds a little dopey, but the chord progression is actually blues based.  Then there is Bradley’s voice.  Ozzy’s performance comes across as a bit sing-songey, but Bradley’s performance drives home the pain of the lyrics.

Our second song is “Bold as Love” by Joan Osborne.  You probably remember her from having written this song (oops, I mean this one).  It’s a shame she got stuck being known that song, considering she is a pretty good singer.  Her contributions to Standing in the Shadows of Motown are one good example.

For many people the guitar pyrotechnics obscures the fact that Jimi Hendrix’s music was grounded in soul.  This arrangement of his classic song brings out the soul in the song by adding some Memphis style horns.

 

 

 

Song of the Week: Bernadette

This week’s song is “Bernadette” by The Four Tops.  It’s a little treat for all the bass players out there, as well as being another classic by the songwriting team of Holland, Dozier, and Holland.

I haven’t had a lot of time to write lately, so here’s the cliff notes:

Song of the Week: What’s Wrong With Me

This week it’s time to shine a light on a singer with an impossibly silken voice, so we feature “What’s Wrong With Me” by Skye.  Skye Edwards came to fame as the singer of the lead singer for the seminal trip hop band Morcheeba, whose track The Sea seems to have graced every chillout compilation ever made.  “What’s Wrong With Me”, comes from her first solo album, Mind How You Go, which also has this track you might recall from a hand soap commercial.

While Morcheeba broke up in 2014, fans will be pleased to know that she and guitarist Ross Godfrey are recording and touring as Skye | Ross.