Tuesday, September 29, 2020

We Interrupt Paul Revere and the Raiders Week for This Moment of Rebel Rebel

And in case you haven't heard it yet, here's Cheap Trick's brand new cover of the David Bowie classic.

Like the guy says at the end -- yeah. Something like that.

I should add that it's no secret that, historically (by which I mean going back to my tenure at The Magazine Formerly Known as Stereo Review) I have never been a David Bowie fan. That said, "Rebel Rebel" has always been one of my favorite songs. And I defy you to watch this clip...

...without getting all choked up.


Mark said...

Cheap Trick's cover is great. The thing that initially attracted me to Cheap Trick was a cover of Terry Reid's SPEAK NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PIECE on its very first album. I believe that all bands should include at least one cover on all debut albums as a hook for listeners and reviewers.

But the Rockin'1000 version of Rebel Rebel is the rare example of over-the-top being a good thing, or in this case, a great thing. When I first saw this a few years ago, the first thought that came to my mind was, "Shit! I'm glad I don't have to do the headphone mix-minus!"

Alzo said...

Re: Rockin'1000: You know how long it takes to get four or five guys to play this tight?!

pete said...

You and I have similar feelings regarding you-know-who. For me he's one of those figures I respect but don't enjoy. Like you, I have one song that I do get into unreservedly - unfortunately it's not "Rebel Rebel." It's "Suffragette City."