Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental manservant Hop-Sing and I are off to join outgoing Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend at a tribute to the President hosted by the You Are Such a Man Foundation. Not exactly sure what the occasion is, but I think it has something to do with Washington's Birthday.
So posting by moi will be necessarily sporadic for a while.
But in my absence, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
Best Rock Era Version of a Pre-Rock Pop Standard!!!
You know -- the most surprising, the most original, the most faithful, the most ironic...however you define it.
Okay -- here's my reasonably well considered Top Ten.
10. Elvis Costello - My Funny Valentine
9. Billy Stewart -- Summertime
8. Big Brother and the Holding Company -- Summertime
7. The Fifth Estate -- Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead
6. The Platters -- Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
5. The Flamingos -- I Only Have Eyes For You
4. The Four Seasons -- I've Got You Under My Skin
3. The Beatles -- Till There Was You
2. Eva Cassidy -- Over the Rainbow
[I should note that I agonized over making this one Number One -- partly because Cassidy died so tragically young, but mostly because there are times I think she may well have been the single greatest pop singer in any of our lifetimes. Nevertheless -- largely because of the harmonies and the barely discernible but delicious irony of it .....]
...the number one all time best cover is --
1. The Byrds -- We'll Meet Again.
Honorable mention (no video available): Joe Piscopo's heavy metal version of Sinatra's "Witchcraft" with Great White.
Okay -- what are your faves?