Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my V is for Vavoom! consultant Fah Lo Suee and I will be off to beautiful downtown Dayton, Ohio for a weekend at the private tanning salon of Rep. John Boehner (R-Protozoan). Seriously -- doesn't anybody else think it's worth noting that the current face of the Republican Party is an angry orange guy? I mean what's up with that?
In any case, further posting by moi will have to be sporadic for a day or two as a result.
In the meantime, then, here's a hopefully fun little project for us all:
All-Time Best or Worst Rolling Stones Covers!!!
No arbitrary rules here, but just so we're clear -- we're talking about covers of songs by the Stones, not songs that the Stones covered. Jagger/Richards tunes, in other words, as interpreted by other artistes or miscreants.
And my totally top of my head Top Seven is --
7. Melanie -- Ruby Tuesday
You know, I get a little annoyed sometimes by uninformed anti-Baby Boomer snark from younger friends, but then sometimes I remember -- shit, my generation actually bought this dingbat's records.
6. Rage Against the Machine -- Street Fighting Man
This one totally misses the point, I think, but of course nothing says "Total victory is ours, comrades!" like an album marketed by the Sony Corporation.
5. Bette Midler -- Beast of Burden
Miss M's finest recorded moment, no question. Certainly it beats "Wind Beneath My Wings" all to hell.
4. Social Distortion -- Back Street Girl
I had mixed feelings about this one for the longest time -- the original is, IMHO, one of the Stones' genuine (if mostly overlooked) masterpieces, and SD's punkish take lacks a certain depth and ambiguity. On balance, though, I think it's effective on its own terms.
3. The Dirtbombs -- No Expectations
I'm a huge fan of these guys, but I have to admit, in theory I didn't figure this one was going to work. Frontman Mick Collins' trademark punk-with-soul turns out to suit the song to a T, however (as does the mashup with another Stones classic).
2. Supersuckers with Steve Earle -- Before They Make Me Run
The band is a little clunky, but if anybody has a right to sing Keith's outlaw blues classic it's Earle.
And the Numero Uno, so unbelievably bad it's amazing they were able to go out in public after it was released, Stones cover has got to be...
1. Grand Funk Railroad -- Gimme Shelter
Seriously, this is worse than that kid on American Idol doing "Under My Thumb" last week.
Alrighty then -- what would your choices be?
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