[I first posted a version of this in 2007, back when this blog and the world were young. I've rewritten parts of it, and made some substitutions, just to prove I'm not a complete slacker; please enjoy. -- S.S.]
Okay, fellow kids -- here's a fun project to contemplate:
THE GREATEST COVERS THAT NEVER WERE!!!!!!
You know -- some really fabulous song you'd really like to hear some favorite artiste -- solo or group -- perform or record, but so far they haven't gotten around to it (the bastards!!!).
And my totally off the top of my head Top Nine is/are:
9. The Hold Steady -- The Boys Are Back in Town[Thin Lizzy]
They've probably jammed on it a thousand times -- it's about time they go public for gosh sakes.
8. The Posies -- Carrie Anne [The Hollies]
They already proved they were genetically bred to do Hollies songs with their version of "King Midas in Reverse" -- just think what they would bring to the sunniest of the Clarke-Hicks-Nash classics.
7. The Pretenders -- Every Little Bit Hurts [Brenda Holloway]
My fave 60s soul ballad/torch song would be a natural for Chrissie Hynde, I suspect. Fun fact: This was written by the same guy who wrote "Dirty Water."
6. Neko Case == The First Cut is the Deepest[Cat Stevens]
Because she'd do it better than Sheryl Crow, duh.
5. Steve Earle -- Street Fighting Man [The Rolling Stones]
C'mon -- this is the job he was born for.
4. Bob Mould -- Calvary Cross [Richard and Linda Thompson]
On the 1994 Thompson tribute album Beat the Retreat, Mould turned the rockabilly tinged "Turning of the Tide" into a killer piece of buzz-saw punk. I swoon to imagine what he could do with Thompson's most intensely doom-haunted song.
3. Emmylou Harris -- Withered and Died [Richard and Linda Thompson]
Actually, now that I think of it, this song is so intensely heartbreaking, if Emmy sang it we might not survive the hearing.
2. The MonaLisa Twins -- Excuses, Excuses [The Floor Models/Gerry Devine and the Hi-Beams]
Because I've always wanted to hear gals covering this one. And my new favorite group seems like just the ones to do it.
And the number one cover I'd love to hear is....
1. Wilco -- Get Out of My Way [Paul McCartney]
This is one of my favorite sort of obscure McCartney tracks. And if you've ever heard Wilco blowtorching its way through "Monday" you'll understand why I think they're the right band band for the job.
Alrighty, then -- what would YOUR choices be?
And have a great weekend, everybody!!!