Bruce's London Calling

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by Heston » 24 Jun 2010, 8:48pm

Billy Joel wrote:I like Springstern well enough, I just find that particular cover really grating, showcasing a lot of his vocal limitations/annoying idiosyncrasies, and the saxophone is perhaps the worst complement possible for that song.
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It's absolutely terrible.
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: Bruce's London Calling

Post by drowninghere » 24 Jun 2010, 8:51pm

matedog wrote:
Billy Joel wrote:Brilliant gesture, and a terrible, terrible goddamn cover by any definition.
Mediocre? Sure. Terrible? That seems like an unreasonably strong reaction.
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I can't tell what you find so appalling about it other than the fact that it is someone you feel so negatively about covering someone you feel so strongly about.
I like it. Didn't even know about this - thanks for posting. Seems like a thoughtful, non-cliched tribute. To me, instantaneously one thousand times more appealing than the London Calling cover. Does it suddenly turn horrible at some point?

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by JennyB » 24 Jun 2010, 11:25pm

Wolter wrote:I caved and watched.

Well sort of. I didn't even make it to "The Ice Age is coming," before closing the window in disgust.

God. Awful.
I finally broke down and watched. I don't hate Bruce or anything, but damn, that was terrible. I play LC on the guitar better than he did, and I suck.
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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by matedog » 25 Jun 2010, 2:25am

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by matedog » 25 Jun 2010, 2:27am

Billy Joel wrote:I like Springstern well enough, I just find that particular cover really grating, showcasing a lot of his vocal limitations/annoying idiosyncrasies, and the saxophone is perhaps the worst complement possible for that song.
Let's maintain perspective here- who the hell covers Mescaleros tunes? Let alone a major act on a major stage. Yeah his voice is idiosyncratic in a completely different way than Joe was, but that's missing the point. I don't mind the sax, knowing Bruce and Clarence's relationship, it's nice to have his mate open the show with him providing an instrument not used on the original recording.
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: Bruce's London Calling

Post by TeddyB Not Logged In » 25 Jun 2010, 3:38am

It was a lovely gesture, but wasn't Bruce's idea, it came from Michael Eavis's daughter. Of course it was Bruce who carried it out, but it's not like he said "hey, I love that Coma Girl, we should play that". He does truly admire Joe though.

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by matedog » 25 Jun 2010, 6:50pm

Heston wrote:
TeddyB Not Logged In wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkumCXjWA2U

The final mix sounds a little better...
An over-impassioned Springsteen is bad enough, but that Gypsy on backing vocals is just awful. Who let that fucker near a mic? He didn't even know the words.
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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: Bruce's London Calling

Post by Heston » 25 Jun 2010, 7:23pm

matedog wrote:
Heston wrote:
TeddyB Not Logged In wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkumCXjWA2U

The final mix sounds a little better...
An over-impassioned Springsteen is bad enough, but that Gypsy on backing vocals is just awful. Who let that fucker near a mic? He didn't even know the words.
eumaas wrote: :mad:
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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: Bruce's London Calling

Post by simo » 27 Jun 2010, 7:12pm

Here's a more respectable Coma Girl cover...more true to form but I like it. There's some nice guitar in there.

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by Chuck Mangione » 27 Jun 2010, 10:52pm

Speaking of Coma Girl and tributes, this is also nice and interesting.
Pro skater Jason Adams song for his skate part in Enjoi's "Bag of Suck" is Coma Girl by Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros. The skate film (Bag of Suck) is pretty old (2004?) so I'm thinking it was a tribute to Joe.
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First song is Love Me Tender by Elvis, Coma Girl starts at 1:09.

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by Chuck Mangione » 27 Jun 2010, 10:56pm

simo wrote:Here's a more respectable Coma Girl cover...more true to form but I like it. There's some nice guitar in there.

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I've seen this one. MUCH better tribute/cover than Broos Springstream.

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by stayfree » 21 Jul 2010, 7:38pm

Yeah look man the Boss is great, even strummer himself was a massive fan, check this out:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/ju ... lastonbury

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by yetaca » 21 Jul 2010, 8:59pm

stayfree wrote:Yeah look man the Boss is great, even strummer himself was a massive fan, check this out:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/ju ... lastonbury

Are you the same 'stayfree' that existed on here many moons ago that was a little kid and you'd get called maxi-pad or something and then get angry??

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by stayfree » 21 Jul 2010, 9:21pm

yetaca wrote:
stayfree wrote:Yeah look man the Boss is great, even strummer himself was a massive fan, check this out:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/ju ... lastonbury

Are you the same 'stayfree' that existed on here many moons ago that was a little kid and you'd get called maxi-pad or something and then get angry??
Hello yetaca,

Unfortunately not, I just signed up from the link from that rockin facebook group 'Loving the Clash' who post relentlessly on the only band that matters. I suppose 'stay free' was not as individual as I first thought, you can call me 'maxi-pad' if it makes you feel better though, how long has this site been going? I dig it.

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Re: Bruce's London Calling

Post by CorwoodRep » 21 Jul 2010, 10:47pm

matedog wrote:
Billy Joel wrote:I like Springstern well enough, I just find that particular cover really grating, showcasing a lot of his vocal limitations/annoying idiosyncrasies, and the saxophone is perhaps the worst complement possible for that song.
Let's maintain perspective here- who the hell covers Mescaleros tunes?
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