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Terrible Clash Covers

Post by matedog » 17 Apr 2009, 1:16pm

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Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Rat Patrol » 17 Apr 2009, 1:23pm

matedog wrote:Nick Hexum fails.
What does this have to do specifically with Clash covers?
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Post by Heston » 17 Apr 2009, 1:50pm

Most of 'em. I can count on three hands the number of Clash covers I've enjoyed.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Post by Wolter » 17 Apr 2009, 2:23pm

Heston wrote:Most of 'em. I can count on three hands the number of Clash covers I've enjoyed.
A rare Heston/Wolter accord.
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Post by nsc » 17 Apr 2009, 2:43pm

Wolter wrote:
Heston wrote:Most of 'em. I can count on three hands the number of Clash covers I've enjoyed.
A rare Heston/Wolter accord.
post the gems please.

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Post by JennyB » 17 Apr 2009, 2:48pm

The Indigo Girls cover of Clampdown has to be the absolute worst.

This is my favorite:

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Post by matedog » 17 Apr 2009, 2:55pm

A worthy cover:
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A predictable cover that's not bad if a bit unspectacular:
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Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Re: Terrible Clash Covers

Post by matedog » 17 Apr 2009, 2:59pm

JennyB wrote:
This is my favorite:
I can dig it.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Dr. Medulla » 17 Apr 2009, 3:05pm

Wolter wrote:
Heston wrote:Most of 'em. I can count on three hands the number of Clash covers I've enjoyed.
A rare Heston/Wolter accord.
That surf rock tribute album that Joe Public posted last year is pretty damn good. Definitely a creative approach to the songs.
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Post by matedog » 17 Apr 2009, 3:25pm

I know Tom Morello is a big fan, but this just doesn't work:
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On the other end, at the Strummer Tribute attended by Briggs, me, and the Spiffster, Briggs got a good recording of The Hooks doing a rousing version of Tennessee Rain:
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Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Jimmy Jazz » 17 Apr 2009, 6:31pm

I remember a couple of these from that Burning London tribute album... the changing of the line by 311 to "Punk rockers in LA" made me cringe. It doesn't seem that unreasonable but I just hated hearing it.

And Rancid kind of take the coolness out of the "I get violent when I'm fucked up" line when they slip the word 'fuck' into the song a few more dozen times. Because, as everyone knows, the more you say fuck the more of a fucked up fucking punk fucker you are!

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Post by Heston » 17 Apr 2009, 7:02pm

My top 5 Clash Covers:

1. We are the Clash - Sparks
2. This is Radio Clash - The Urge
3. Rock the Casbah - Rankin' Roger and Pato Banton
4. Stay Free - Pete Wylie
5. Crooked Beat - Wreckless Eric (anything was always gonna vastly improve the original version)

Honourable mention to Asian Dub Foundation's version of Police on my Back, though it's obviously not a Clash cover.

Worst 5.....

1. Straight To Hell - Lily Allen
2. Hateful - No Doubt and Billy Idol
3. Janie Jones - Babyshambles
4. London's Burning - That horrible band on the Burning London album
5. Train in Vain - Annie Lennox
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Terrible Clash Covers

Post by matedog » 17 Apr 2009, 8:03pm

Heston wrote:My top 5 Clash Covers:


Worst 5.....
3. Janie Jones - Babyshambles
I enjoyed it. It is quite raucous.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Heston » 17 Apr 2009, 8:18pm

matedog wrote:
Heston wrote:My top 5 Clash Covers:


Worst 5.....
3. Janie Jones - Babyshambles
I enjoyed it. It is quite raucous.
And slow. And involving Pete Doherty.
So what does Marconi playing the mamba mean? "Marconi" is referring to the radio itself. It plays a deadly snake. The snake - the mamba - is slithering from the speakers. Ready to kill greedy corporations. Ready to free the world of all that is evil, and to leave behind only the youthful idealism encompassed by the tenets of rock and roll.

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Re: Terrible Clash Covers

Post by Flex » 17 Apr 2009, 9:03pm

I don't think Lily Allen's cover of Straight to Hell may even be among the worst five covers of that song.

It's not great, but it's not awful.

Probably my 5 would be culled from that Burning London disc, which actually wasn't even all that bad. The Bosstones still play Rudie Can't Fail in concert and it smokes.
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