April 6, 2017 saw the passing of David Peel, founder of David Peel and the Lower East Side. He and the band were early proponents of “street rock” and embraced the hippie/marijuana culture of the 60’s and 70’s. One could also say that he was an early punk pioneer as well. His recording career spanned 6 decades, and his last album was released in 2015. The clip below is notable as it has some special guests, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and is a live performance on the David Frost Show in 1971.
Remember that great instrumental “Pipeline”, the one with the great opening riff that basically created a whole new form of guitar playing? Brian Carman of “The Chantays” played that way back in 1962. Brian passed away on March 1st, but will always be remembered for this path-finding sound.One of the true pioneers.
Interesting Covers takes a trip into the surreal by looking at Britney Spears “classic” Oops – I Did It Again. I realize I may face some mocking over this one, but one must take a chance now and then and reach for a straw? Remember, this song is used by the US Navy to drive off pirates near Somalia.
The song itself was released on her second album in 2000 and written by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. It reached number 9 on Billboard and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. While there is little debate that she can sing, I am just not a big fan of the style of music. I do however, love to see what other people have done with the song.
Let’s begin with a version by Richard Thompson. he chose to do it in a medieval style and even renamed it as “Marry, Ageyn Hic Hev Donne Yt”.
This version is rather disturbing. The Children of Bodom a Finnish death metal bands version.
And a final cover, a big band swing version by Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.
Marvin Gaye (Photo credit: cliff1066™)
A true classic, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, was written in 1966 by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown. The song was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. The version was deemed not strong enough by Barry Gordy and given to Marvin Gaye, who recorded it in 1967. Gordy did not like this version either and it was then recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips, who also released it in 1967. The Smokey Robinson version was not released for many years, and Gaye’s was not released until 1968. as far as covers, wow, diverse groups like CCR and the California Raisins (a TV commercial with Buddy Miles as the vocalist) have given the song a makeover.
Next up, Gladys Knight and the Pips
Third, the classic Marvin Gaye.
These were the basic originals, now we will listen to some covers from later on.
This is the song done by Creedence Clearwater Revival, not the 10 minute version.
And to finish up, a version by the British punkers, The Slits.