Wednesday Jukebox: Covered in Beatles
Last Wednesday Raymond J dropped some King-Sized covers on y’all. This week I’m tackling the most sacred of the sacred: The Beatles. At this point I feel compelled to mention that while being a fairly big fan of The Beatles, I am not a fan of them singing their own works. With the exception of George, I find their vocals tinny and reminiscent of mating feral cats. Now their work as solo artists, my opinion differs quite considerably. Double Fantasy, Somewhere in England, Goodnight Vienna and McCartney by John, George, Ringo and Paul/Wings (respectively) are some of my favorite albums, mostly because it seems like Clapton and Bowie, their voices got better with age, or perhaps I became more tolerant of them. It’s interesting that as more time passes, the less The Beatles seem to have a strangehold on the pop music discourse. It’s entirely possible to have a respectful and calm discussion about satisfying covers of their music; a feat that probably yielded more dissension than discourse in the past.
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” – Dianne Steinberg-Lewis & Stargard
Dianne Steinberg-Lewis once popped by my blog to say hello and I nearly died from excitement. Her performance in the much maligned Sgt. Pepper Movie is one of the highlights of my childhood! I remember practicing the song and the dance moves when I was eleven. Fashioning sheets to my arms and wearing a leotard and tap shoes, I clickity clacked my way around the living room singing about the girl with kaleidoscope eyes. Steinberg-Lewis has one of the most incredible voices and sounds sublime on this track.
“Come Together” – Aerosmith
The coolest thing about this cover, besides seeing Peter Frampton and Steven Tyler fist fight to the death – wait, in what world can Frampton kick Tyler’s ass – is Tyler’s vocals. I love them. I discovered this cover when I discovered the movie, whose name shall not be spoken any more in this entry. Actually, that catfight is pretty awesome even without the music. Probably one of the most awesome catfights in cinema history.
“Dear Prudence” – Siouxsie & the Banshees
While not one of my favorite Beatles songs, it’s oddly one of my favorite Siouxsie songs. Probably because Siouxsie mines the song for a buoyancy absence in the original.
“Got to Get You Into My Life” – Earth, Wind & Fire
A cover so good, it makes you forget there was an original. If you’ve grown up on this version of the song, the original probably won’t hold any new surprises. If anything, it’ll disappoint considerably.
If covers of Beatles music don’t make you want to weep or pull out your hair, which ones do you enjoy? I avoided Across the Universe,which is something of a cottage industry and is ubiquitous. That said, my favorite cover of the song is by Bowie.