October 19, 2003

Covered Road

My all-time favorite artist fits any occasion: The Beatles. The challenge is to find Beatles songs which haven't been played to death. One of the ways I make their music fresh is with cover versions. I collect covers of Beatles songs. Whenever I go yard sale-ing, and I find a carton of LPs, I scan track lists for Beatles titles.

  1. "A Hard Day's Night" John Bayliss (in the style of Bach)
  2. "I Call Your Name" The Mamas & Papas
  3. "Two of Us" Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
  4. "I Will" Tony Furtado & Alison Krauss
  5. "The Ballad of John & Yoko" The Persuasions
  6. "The Miser/Taxman" The Deighton Family
  7. "Here Comes The Sun" Nina Simone
  8. "I'll Be On My Way" Johnny Society
  9. "Don't Let Me Down" Paul Weller
  10. "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey" Kristen Hersh
  11. "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?" Lydia Lunch
  12. "Tomorrow Never Knows" Five O'Clock Shadow
  13. "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" World Party
  14. "Girl" Tiny Tim with Brave Combo
  15. "All I've Got To Do" Toxic Audio
  16. "We Can Work It Out" Stevie Wonder
  17. "Day Tripper" [live] Otis Redding with the Mar-Keys and Booker T. & The MGs
  18. "I've Got A Feeling" [live] Pearl Jam
  19. "With a Little Help From My Friends" [live] Joe Cocker
  20. "Being for The Benefit of Mr. Kite" Les Miserables Brass Band

October 02, 2003

92: Missing Summer

I based the cover photo on one of my favorite photos of the E Street Band, circa 1980, on Central Park South. I Photoshopped Max Weinberg out of the group and inserted a photo of myself in a tuxedo between Clarence Clemons and Roy Bittan.

I named the CD "Missing Summer" because it was recorded in the fall of 2003, near the end of a six-month period where my future wife and I were on a break.

1/You Wreck Me TOM PETTY
2/Couldn't I Just Tell You TODD RUNDGREN
3/Any Major Dude Will Tell You - A fun cover of the Steely Dan song by WILCO.
4/Barrytown STEELY DAN
5/The Night Is Still Young - One of those new songs added to a greatest hits collection because a>the label can push it as a single to radio to promote the album, and b> it's an incentive for true fans to re-buy music they already own. In this case, it's one of two songs added to one of the best-selling greatest hits collections ever, from BILLY JOEL.
6/It's Different For Girls(Live in London 9/02) JOE JACKSON BAND
8/Red Dragon Tattoo FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE
9/Heart & Soul HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
10/Workin' On The Highway BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (Live at Giants Stadium 8/19/85)
11/Maybellene CHUCK BERRY
14/Going To California LED ZEPPELIN
15/Can't Find My Way Home BLIND FAITH
16/Try Not To Breathe R.E.M.
17/Beercan BECK
18/Losing Lisa BEN FOLDS
19/Where Do They Make Balloons? THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS (sung by DANNY WEINKAUF)