Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

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Thank Frankie it’s Friday.

It’s the weekend, like. So let’s party!

Even better: let’s engage in another round of music bants. Still no voucher, but you’ve all proved that your love runs deeper.

This week’s theme comes courtesy of The Millie Obnoxious (a misnomer surely) who writes:

“May I offer a suggestion? Karaoke songs. What do you belt out when gee-eyed and in the mood for a sing song?”

You’d have to ask my neighbours.

Update: They just got back to me. Apparently it’s this one.

Lines MUST close on Saturday at Midday.

Please include video links if possible.

Meanwhile….

Last week, SOQ asked for your favourite cover version. A really great playlist unfurled. But Micko won my esteem with this entry…

…Johnny Cash – Hurt, covering Trent Reznor and NIN.

Micko sez:

“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…”

Nick says: Well done, Micko and thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Bunker Vinyl, Cork

 

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

      1. U N M U T U A L

        “Apparently it’s this one.”… the tesco ad!??
        Fair enough Nick…

        Also…

        Congrats Micko, twas a shoe in… In fairness. ;-)

        Bring a tear to an onions eye, so it would.

      2. Mad

        Well done Micko
        If you ever go to Nashville go to the Johnny Cash museum they have a feast of an exhibit on this song (among many other things)

    1. alickdouglas

      It is a fantastic song, but surprisingly difficult to pull off without sounding like a total idiot. Ian Dury sounds like he cannot sing, but he has a thing that is very hard to replicate.

  1. Fergalito

    Well done Miguel-o! I’ll have to stand you that pint now so …

    All of those Cash, Rick Rubin produced albums are great but that album in particular is a jewel from start to finish. I remember in the late 80s working a job in a kitchen and the auld lassies (probably 10 years younger than i am now!) were all heading off early to see Johnny Cash play a gig in Cavan. This was pre-enlightenment Fergalito … of course i rolled me eyes to heaven, gosson that i was and told them to have a good night of it. Oh how i’d hop on the bus with them if i knew then what i know now etc.

    I’ve never actually sang a karaoke song to be honest (voice of an angle-grinder) but if i was going to “sing” one I’d pick this from Ezra Furman which of course is so obscure it wouldn’t be possible to do anything other than an a capella version …

    **puffs out chest**

    **flexes accusatory, pointing finger**

    **eyeballs mofos**

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A8ERdjUcMo

  2. The Millie Obnoxious™

    This one is a wee bit personal to me. It’s Show Me Heaven by Maria McKee.

    https://youtu.be/QMVgYtzIAK0

    This song comes attached to a very emotionally difficult moment from my childhood, so much so that for a long time I would cry uncontrollably when I heard it. So to deal with this, I learned the words and taught myself to sing it. To this day, it remains my karaoke song and I only sometimes shed a tear. Never underestimate how grief can affect you, even after 20 years have passed.

  3. Otis Blue

    “I am tall and I am thin
    Of an enviable height
    And I’ve been known to be quite handsome
    From a certain angle and in a certain light
    Well I entered into O’Malley’s
    Said, “O’Malley I have a thirst”
    O’Malley merely smiled at me
    Said “You wouldn’t be the first…”

    If time permits, I like to rattle off O’Malley’s Bar (parts 1,2 & 3) by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

    https://youtu.be/-u6I0L3WuJo

  4. eamonn

    Well done Micko, great win.Bask in that esteem, you deserve it.

    I am struggling with the Karaoke theme, fine in theory, but in practice a tad tricky with my pipes, if we had a mission in life it might be..

    https://youtu.be/nqdDAfHJO3o

    Have a fabulous weekend.

      1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        https://youtu.be/0MYN8mAEKUo

        one for that nostalgic rose tinted glasses time of the night….you know the time, my rendition of La nuit je mens fills me with delightful agony, others just agony probably ;) the best part is it’s that talky singing the french do best !

        On m’a vu dans le Vercors
        Sauter à l’élastique
        Voleur d’amphores
        Au fond des criques
        J’ai fait la cour à des murènes
        J’ai fait l’amour, j’ai fait le mort
        T’étais pas née
        À la station balnéaire
        Tu t’es pas fait prier
        J’étais gant de crin, geyser
        Pour un peu je trempais
        Histoire d’eau
        La nuit je mens
        Je prends des trains à travers la plaine
        La nuit je mens
        Je m’en lave les mains
        J’ai dans les bottes des montagnes de questions
        Où subsiste encore ton écho
        Où subsiste encore ton écho
        J’ai fait la saison
        Dans cette boîte crânienne
        Tes pensées
        Je les faisais miennes
        T’accaparer seulement t’accaparer
        D’estrade en estrade
        J’ai fait danser tant de malentendus
        Des kilomètres de vie en rose
        Un jour au cirque
        Un autre à chercher à te plaire
        Dresseur de loulous
        Dynamiteur d’aqueducs
        La nuit je mens
        Je prends des trains à travers la plaine
        La nuit je mens
        Effrontément
        J’ai dans les bottes des montagnes de questions
        Où subsiste encore ton écho
        Où subsiste encore ton écho
        On m’a vu dans le Vercors
        Sauter à l’élastique
        Voleur d’amphores
        Au fond des criques
        J’ai fait la cour à des murènes
        J’ai fait l’amour j’ai fait le mort
        T’étais pas née
        La nuit je mens
        Je prends des trains à travers la plaine
        La nuit je mens
        Je m’en lave les mains
        J’ai dans les bottes des montagnes de questions
        Où subsiste encore ton écho
        Où subsiste encore ton écho
        La nuit je mens
        Je prends des trains à travers la plaine
        La nuit je mens
        Je m’en lave les mains
        J’ai dans les bottes des montagnes de questions
        Où subsiste encore ton écho

  5. gringo

    I tend to sing The Rodeo Song by David Allen Roe. Tis a bit rude and I can’t do video links but it’s out there somewhere. Or Randy Newmans version of My Old Kentucky Home.

  6. Slightly Bemused

    Congratulations Micko, and excellent choice, and I think possibly one of Cash’s best songs, even out of such a repertoire.

    I cannot stand Karaoke, and avoid it like the plague. The only time I was talked into singing was at the going away party of this lovely young colleague from Saskachewan who was going home. How could I resist here pleas?

    So I did Cat Stevens’ Father and Son. Did not even look at the screen, I know the song so well. But I am not a great singer. And another of my colleagues decided to make it worse, telling me I sang with great pathos. The tune was not perfect, but I got the feeling across.

    Needless to say she was already one of my ‘favourite’ people, and this just cemented it. Canadian eyes were tearing though, and she liked it which was enough for me. And enough in so many more ways than one.

    I like this remastered version of the official video.:
    youtube.com/watch?v=P6zaCV4niKk

  7. CapernosityandFunction

    Train – Drops of Jupiter

    https://youtu.be/7Xf-Lesrkuc

    11 June 2002. Ireland 3-0 Saudi Arabia. It was on Caxton St in Brisbane. Myself and a chap from Raheny left the pub where we had watched the game and headed to another establishment across the street. As it happens the karaoke was just warming up Feeling VERY good I decided to belt out this ditty. Over time it has come to represent the high watermark of my karaoke career. It is still spoken about in hushed tones around Brisbane and its environs. It is even rumoured that Grant McLennan and Robert Forster were not there.

  8. SOQ

    If I was to sing and there was a pet within a half mile radius, the ISPCA would be called. This is probably more suitable to last weeks competition but anyways- IMO it includes one of the finest voices of out time- Henning

    Can’t Get You out of My Head (Cover) – AnnenMayKantereit x Parcels

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

    1. Andy Pipkin

      Millie, great suggestion for this week, Show Me Heaven is one of the greatest songs ever, I’d pay money to see you sing it!

      Have a great weekend!!

      1. The Millie Obnoxious™

        I’m glad you agree, Andy!

        She has some set of pipes. It’s a really hard song to sing, and she makes it sound easy. Maria McKee I am sadly not lol

        1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

          Do I remember you saying you had trained to sign a bit though ? I’d say you more than do it justice.

          1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            like an elephant ;) despite my best efforts to obliterate most of the old hippocampus :)

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