Monday, January 7, 2008

The Greatest Cover of All Time

There was once a really weird dude named Warren Zevon (rest in peace). He created great music.

There's also a very sensible, earthy, overly-self conscious (of late) musician named Bruce Springsteen. Bruce is a big fan of Warren's music, and I believe they were friends.

That's the background.

Listen, to be the greatest cover of all time you need a few things:

1) A great original song (not necessary to be by a prolific or consistently great musician)
2) A great and prolific musician covering it
3) It should be live, because that means at the time it blew a lot of surprised listeners' minds
4) Something to add some weight to it, like being friends with the original composer, and him having recently died.

Runners up for this title are:
1) Warren Haynes peforming 'Glory Road,' live at Bonnaroo 2006
2) Jeff Tweety performing 'I Shall Be Released,' live at Vic Theatre, Chicago, March 5, 2005
3) The Counting Crows doing Van Morrison's 'Caravan' live
4) The soon-to-be-released you tube video version of 'Me And Mr. Jones' performed by Little Dynamite

Here's the greatest one ever: 'My Ride's Here,' original by Zevon, covered by the Boss. This blog has gotten too into itself with posting thoughts and opinions, and we need to get back to sharing more music.

My Ride's Here

4 comments:

Little Dynamite said...

fantastic.

Little Gun said...

I don't post music because my internet is too slow, so you're going to get a lot more thoughts and opinions.

Have you heard the entire "Enjoy Every Sandwich" tribute album by Zevon that features "My Ride's Here." If you haven't, you need to.

The Midnight Lumberjack said...

Don't you all go preaching the gospel of Zevon all the sudden because your beloved "Boss" covered him almost 4 years ago. Leave the Excitable Boy to me, I'll school you in the most underrated musical genius of the pop era. Let me do a guest post of the best of Warren and blow your minds until you're headless gunners.

Jack the Rabbit said...

YOU WANT IT - YOU GOT IT. EMAIL ME THE GUEST POST AND DON'T TRY TO TELL US THAT THE RIFF TO "LAWYERS GUNS AND MONEY" SINGLEHANDEDLY ENDED THE COLD WAR.

john lennon sucks.