On Covers

This song comes on the radio.

It’s one I know but they’ve done something to it

it’s softer, whiter, drained of passion and angst, its southern origins.

It’s a cover of Lodi, the Creedence song.

They’re singing the lyrics but they’re not singing the song.

The chunky guitars are gone and it has a clarinet and acoustic guitar backing..

Come on.

There are good covers.

Think Ry Cooder’s cover of Elvis’s ‘Little Sister’,

the Soup Dragons cover of the Stones’ ‘I’m Free’

Amy Winehouse’s cover of the Zutons ‘Valerie’

but this cover’s a travesty.

Look what they’ve done to my song, mama.

Why would anyone bother?

This guy’s stuck in Lodi. He’s desperate but he’s given up.

He’s drained. It’s like the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’,

Billy Joel’s Piano Man but you wouldn’t know it

hearing this pallid, weasel kneed version.

I know I shouldn’t get worked up. Hey, it’s only a song

but I’ve loved songs all my life; it’s my passion, more than poetry

but Hey! a good song is poetry

so I’m playing Creedence’s ‘Lodi’ to get me out of this funk.

*what are some of your favourite covers?

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23 thoughts on “On Covers

  1. Great question. Can’t say I’m a huge fan of covers or cover bands, but I’ve found I enjoy them much more when a gender switch happens. Almost like there’s a fresh perspective given to the music. For example, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana’s song took on a whole new meaning for me when song by Tori Amos. https://youtu.be/HaAI3jI7uCc What about you, John? What’s your favorite cover?

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  2. I love Postmodern Jukebox’s take on “Gangsta’s Paradise”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rve03u7oEvI I only just learned recently (you may already know about it since you’re a music buff) that a lot of modern music has this app (? not sure app is the right word) applied to it to make sure the voice is pitch perfect. It sounds like the Lodi cover was disappointing all ’round but I get the impression that if you apply this app to old stuff it deadens it. Takes the humanity out or something. I just wondered if that might be a factor.

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  3. Haha! Music is one thing that should not be retouched. The originals will never lose their charm in people’s hearts. And if they must be redone, then the spirit should never be doused. Hope you’re feeling better now. 🙂

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  4. I find it hard to listen to the radio with all the poor remakes of old songs. Even if I think there’s been successful remakes. I guess it is a question of the artist putting heart and soul in to it.
    Favorite cover must be Dookie with Green Day if I must choose.

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  5. Earth, Wind and Fire’s cover of the Beatles’ ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ and Joss Stone/Jeff Beck’s cover of ‘I Put a Spell On You’… Jose Feliciano’s cover of The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ – a case where it is practically a whole different song really, but nearly magical… Manhattan Transfer’s cover of “Oh! Lady Be Good!”… and both James Taylor’s and Paul McCartney’s covers of “Paper Moon”… Take 6’s cover of EWF’s ‘Sing a Song’…

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