Thursday, August 05, 2010

An Early (And Possibly Confused) Clue to the New Direction

From 2007 and the generally engrossing soundtrack album for writer/director Todd Haynes' I'm Not There (the IMHO brilliant meditation on all things Bob Dylan) please enjoy Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and a really cool cover of Dylan's counter-cultural classic "Ballad of a Thin Man."



If memory serves, that's Tom Verlaine on one of the guitars, BTW.

In any case, as always, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded to the first reader who gleans the clip's relationship to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

19 comments:

Brooklyn Girl said...

Songs about body shape?

steve simels said...

I can't believe I never thought of that one before. Brilliant.


But no, not this week.
:-)

dave™© said...

Damn, I was just gonna say that!

dave™© said...

OK - howzabout songs that are about thinly-disguised gay bars and/or shooting galleries?

Michael said...

Can't be songs titled "The Ballad of John and Yoko", etc...
Na, too easy

steve simels said...

Indeed it is. Too easy.
:-)

Anonymous said...

Songs about sex changes.

ROTP(lumber)

steve simels said...

A fairly small list, I would think.
:-)

Edward said...

Songs later referenced in other songs?

Songs in which the subject in the title is not mentioned in the song (which would cover a pretty big swath of the Dylan catalog).

Songs about a bad night on the town.

Noam Sane said...

I really should pick up that CD. The only thing I've heard it Cat Power's "Stuck Inside" which was virtually a note-for-note recreation, and kinda pointless I thought, though it didn't make me apoplectic the way She and Him's cover of "Riding In My Car" did. If you're gonna cover a song, change something, you know? A drum fill, whatever. Anyway, I, apparently digress.

Great songs that were released posthumously.

Sal Nunziato said...

Songs whose titles are nowhere in the lyric.

Sal Nunziato said...

Ooh..oohh

Songs that reference a "Mr. Jones."

MBowen said...

Put-down songs?

steve simels said...

Best hint I can add:

It's about the obvious larger theme of the
song.
As in the famous refrain.

MJConroy said...

I don't know what this week's theme is, do I, Mr. Simels?

Songs with weird sounds in them?

dSmith said...

Songs about non-comprehension.

Anonymous said...

something is happin here and don't what it is MR JONES

geor3ge said...

Songs about getting off my lawn.

steve simels said...

That's actually the closest so far.
:-)