Haven’t done one of these for a while, but here’s a tune that been buzzing around my bonnet lately, John Lennon’s “Instant Karma”. (For some reason, it seems strangely appropriate for tomorrow’s game.)
And while I’m on the subject of Lennon, here’s a bonus tune – Frankie Miller’s cover of “Jealous Guy”. If you’ve never heard of Miller before, I’m not surprised. He’s an obscure Scottish pub rocker who decided to channel his inner Otis Redding one day and the result is one of the most remarkable efforts you’ll ever hear. Basically, he ditches Lennon’s sorrow and self pity for something completely different.
That’s not just a great cover of a Lennon song. It’s one of the greatest covers period. Every time I hear that ending, I get chills.
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Both are “nice”, but “Lose Yourself” from Eminem’s sound track from the movie “8-Mile” is, to me, the ultimate game warm up music.
Gritty, gutty, painful yet poignantly optimistic….who does that sound like.
And a little poetry that seems appropriate:
“If you can dream, and not make dreams your master,
If you can think and not make thoughts your aim…
If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…..
Funny you bring that up. I was rocking that song out on the way to the game in 2002. Because of the outcome that day, it will always and forever remain on the Castleberry angry workout mix.
Instant Karma kicks around my head at least a couple times a week. And that cover of Jealous Guy is truly epic. Sounds like it might be the inspiration for the Black Crowes version, only way better than theirs.
Yoko looks like Michael Jackson.
It’s been rumored she’s his dad.
Good stuff, thanks. Nice, straightforward Face-ish material.
Speaking of Face-ish, I’m guessing you’ve heard Rod Stewart’s version of this song. All the early Rod qualities that he forsook from 1974 on are there: passion, humility, grace, warmth.
That said, this Frankie Miller version is fairly stupendous.
The Frankie Miller song is outstanding. You mention it as an all-time top cover. I’m curious what you think some of the others are??
Black Crowes – Hard to Handle
Warren Zevon – Back in the High Life Again
There are lots of contenders for that title. Off the top of my head:
Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes*
Manfred Mann – Blinded by the Light*
Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out (my personal choice)
Nazareth – Love Hurts (I’m only sort of joking about this one)
The Bangles – Hazy Shade of Winter (does this one make me gay?)
*Not sure if the original versions were actually released by Bowie and Springsteen.
Hindu Love Gods (which was REM without Michael Stipe, but instead with Warren Zevon) covering the Prince tune Rasberry Beret. Classic.
Bruce’s version came out on his debut, Greetings from Asbury Park, which I think came out in ’73. Not sure when Manfred Mann’s came out.
Some other favorites of mine:
Wild Horses, Flying Burrito Brothers. For some reason, the Stones let the FBB release this a year before it came out on Sticky Fingers. Probably because Gram Parsons had a hand in writing it.
Sweet Jane, Mott the Hoople
Maybe I’m Amazed, The Faces
Baba O’Reilley, Guided By Voices. Don’t know if they ever released this, but they used to close their shows with it in spectacular (-ly drunk) fashion.
Anyway, what were we talking about?
“Anyway, what were we talking about?”
Frankie Miller’s cover of Dead Flowers that Keith wrote because Gram Parsons waited too long to pick up the flowers sent to him by his wife?
Given the Miller love, I’m betting you’re a fan of one of my favorites, Terry Reid.
He’s been touring again the past few years, and there are lots of live songs on You Tube.
His old cover of Highway 61 is epic.
Thinking he had a bright future of his own, he turned down Jimmy Page’s invitation to sing for “The New Yardbirds,” and suggested Robert Plant, instead.
For the uninitiated:
Can’t believe there’s a fellow Terry Reid fan out there.
For my money, his best is a cover of the Sonny and Cher (!) song “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”.