Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

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Thank Philomena it’s Friday.

It’s Springtime so what better way to mark the end of the Winter season than with a music question. (Alas, still no voucher).

The suggestion for this week’s theme comes courtesy of regular reader SOQ, who wants to know what everyone’s favourite cover version is.

This is SOQ’s choice. He says:

” I have a bee in my bonnet about this young lady at the moment.”

And here is my choice:

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close On Sunday at MIDNIGHT.

Meanwhile…

The Triffids – Wide Open Road

Last week I asked you to name your favourite driving song. Otis Blue won my esteem with this entry.

“Depends on the car, the context and the journey. If it’s just yerself in a Ute in Oz, it’s The Triffids – Wide Open Road.”

Nick says: Thanks to all who entered and props to Otis.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Steamboat Vinyl, Limerick

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132 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

    1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      I liked that version of Hurt, I was prepared not to and pleasantly surprised

  1. johnny-ny.

    Every breath you take,and every move you make,they are watching you,they are…..

    Every single day
    And every word you say
    Every game you play
    Every night you stay
    I’ll be watching you

    Puffy and Faith Evans- I’ll Be Missing You
    Big Poppa.

    https://youtu.be/NKMtZm2YuBE

  2. Nicorigo

    Creedence Clearwater revival – I heard it through the grapevine-

    Taking on the (apparently) impossible task of covering the Marvin Gaye’s classic, CCR summons a moment of pure awesomeness. I don’t know if it’s the bass or the snare or the devilish guitar solo but it sounds to me like the mother of all covers. Although the song lasts 11:10 minutes, you’d wish it never ends.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixqofv-Oi74

  3. eamonn

    How about ..
    the sex pistols c’mon everybody
    https://youtu.be/Td3r55oyiu0
    How did antbody ever think the pistols would hasten the end of civilised living ??
    The Who did a great cover of this too.
    Eddie Cochran set the bar high to begin with.

  4. The Millie Obnoxious™

    Valerie by Amy Winehouse

    When compared with the absolute party that is Amy’s version, the Zuton’s original comes off as sweet and mellow but also a little pallid. I can’t hear the opening beat of Amy’s Valerie without wanting sing along, and her voice is just so, so perfectly matched to the beat and style of the song.

    (Nick, I won’t include a link if you don’t mind as my comments disappear when I include a link at the moment. Thanks!)

      1. The Millie Obnoxious™

        Thanks Nick! Happy weekend to you!

        Also, may I offer a suggestion for next week?Karaoke songs. What do you belt out when gee-eyed and in the mood for a sing song?

    1. Fergalito

      Well slap my thigh, you’ve proved your point.

      I’d have put the farm on that being an original.

  5. Slightly Bemused

    For me, it has to be ‘From Limerick, a Tribute to Dolores O’Riordan’. I find it it very poignant, coming from the very trailers where the Cranberries themselves occasionally practiced. Such a variety of voices and themes and interpretations. The talent in Limerick is incredible, and I think this beautiful number shows that off perfectly.

    Plus my cousins of The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra are in it too :-) I made a mistake and backed Cork for the hurley final. They may talk to me again

    https://youtu.be/OBpWKGjUTSQ

  6. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    https://youtu.be/d9V-zUlrhEE
    Aux Champs-Elysées…an adaptation of an English tune Waterloo Road,” by Jason Crests…. obviously the froggos “do it ” better
    roll on May I’ll be strutting my stuff in all the dresses and heels I never get to wear here :)

    1. Micko

      2. Johnny Cash- Hurt, covering Trent Reznor and NIN

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AHCfZTRGiI

      In fact all the covers on that ‘American IV’ album are brilliant. Especially Hung my Head, The Man comes around and Personal Jesus. Rick Rubin’s production is savage.

      Amazing versions all, but I think ‘Hurt’ nails it, coz it just perfectly sums up Johnnys life.

      He’d just died when I first saw it and even though I wasn’t the worlds biggest Johnny Cash fan at the time, I remember tearing up watching it.

      Something about the distortion on the piano at the end, , the way it hammers down, just gets me ever single time.

      I think it’s the finality of it.

      Perfect…

      *’Jimi’ above not “time” – bloody autocorrect ;)

      1. Micko

        Hehehehe

        Good ol Billy West eh? What a legend.

        “Lower….lower…TOO LOW!”
        _________________________

        Actually, I quite like Shatner, just for his bloody weirdness.

        I always listen to this when I feel in a funk and it usually gets me out of it pretty elfin quick.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uol6HRMryoo

        A Shatner original too – writen with Ben Folds.

    1. Fergalito

      Yes, yes it totally is (so much so I used “totally” and I’m not one bit sorry about that.

    2. Big Lad

      I said that exact same thing to Deko Dachau one night in The Chinaman. (Off Ship Street…obviously…)

      Two weeks later Stricknien DC did a cover of a song that The Fall covered called Strychnine.
      It was a cover version of a cover version, and it was BRILLIANT…

      Happier Daze will never come again.

        1. Fergalito

          Whaaaat!?

          Get out of town….!

          Was trying to think if Bill did any good covers himself. I guess BC covering Smog doesn’t count :)

          1. Otis Blue

            He recorded Cohen’s So Long Marianne in 2019 and his collaboration with Bonnie “Prince” Billy – which you mentioned recently – was an album of covers.

      1. eamonn

        I checked your link otis, it is playing in the bacground, I will have a look foir
        Makaya McCraven later on.
        Here ia my top version of feeling good, I wasn’t sure which was the original.
        Jean DuShon Feelin Good
        https://youtu.be/hagbgxlIqDU
        Happy Sarurday

  7. eamonn

    Working week
    Inner City Blues.
    Not the first Marvin work on show tonight.
    If you are going to do a cover, do a great one.

  8. Big Lad

    Heads Up and Shout Out to any Heads ”out there” who were born in the 60s.
    There’s a Reggae/Punk documentary coming up in March in the IFI

    Rebel Dread… It’s about Don Letts and it’s about ALL of us. The Hippies, the Monks and the funky funks..
    … And the Punks and the Dreads.
    https://youtu.be/lF-EVsh-Gsw

    And as far as I know the BIG Don will be in town when it opens, but I wasn’t supposed to tell you that so keep it to yourself.

  9. Big Lad

    It’s almost midnight…
    The Grannies n Grandads are asleep…
    Let’s put this ‘competition’ to bed.

    Only LOSERS don’t enter.
    WINNERS never sleep.

    There’s absolutely NOTHING to win beyond embarrassment, but hey….
    It’s fun…

      1. Steph Pinker

        Why would I? I have to uphold the reputation I have – I can’t compromise that which is already tenable :(

        1. Steph Pinker

          Although, when I was a child I used to sing Gloria in eggshellsthisday’oooo at Mass – does that count as a cover version?

          1. U N M U T U A L

            …I’m not sure I’d say that Aguilera tackled it, more like she wrestled it to the ground and then suffocated it. ;-)

    1. Mad

      When I went to see his show in Bowiefest a few years ago Gerry Leonard said the only question Bowie asked when he was being appointed as musical director for the stage shows was “Can Gerry rock?”!!

  10. Otis Blue

    Taken from the brilliant Life’s Rich Pageant album and released as a single, though rarely heard. The scratchy spoken intro is attributed to a Japanese pull-string Godzilla doll.Translated loosely from the Japanese, it says, “This is a special news report. Godzilla has been sighted in Tokyo Bay. The attack on it by the Self-Defense Force has been useless. He is heading towards the city. Aaaaaaaaagh….”

    REM – Superman

    https://youtu.be/IxQS6lfn0yU

      1. U N M U T U A L

        It certainly was… Some great titles.

        I’ll have to dig out my copy of Colossus: The Forbin Project and give it a spin.

    1. Big Lad

      Brings a tear to me eye and makes me want to take me hat off.
      (If I had a hat.)

      If you don’t win I’ll start a fight.
      Nice one Bro.

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