We love when young bands cover other young bands, so we were excited to see a tweet from SiriusXM’s JamON directing followers towards The Revivalists’ version of Madison Square by Lettuce. Madison Square is a bombastic tune that The Revivalists do justice. Pedal steel isn’t exactly an instrument you’d expect to hear on a Lettuce song, but it fits oh so perfectly. Sadly, Lettuce (or at least the person running Lettuce’s Twitter account) wasn’t as impressed by The Revivalists’ cover.
The Revivalists covered Madison Square on Lettuce’s home turf during a recent gig at Brooklyn Bowl. Here’s what Lettuce tweeted about the song choice…
We couldn’t disagree more. The Revivalists were paying tribute to Lettuce in their hometown and it’s a shame they don’t see it that way. You can’t match the power of Lettuce’s original version, so that band shouldn’t worry that The Revivalists will somehow steal their thunder.
UPDATE: Lettuce now thinks it’s an honor that anyone would cover them:
Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch reached out to us with a clarification, “I had been hearing from a lot of people that they (The Revivalists) have been playing our song at their shows. Their version is good and we are honored that they chose to cover it. I just thought it was more appropriate if you’re a funk band, to cover bands that are NOT still touring and playing the same version of the song. I went too far to call it stupid and I blame that on me just being pre tour stressed. More power to The Revivalists. I take it all back. Now my whole band is pissed at me.”
And just to show all’s good in the hood, The Revivalists’ front man David Shaw and four members of Lettuce sent over this shot from Pittsburgh, where Shaw and the Nigel Hall Band are performing tonight in support of Galactic…
Thanks to Sue Guthrie Harmon we can watch The Revivalists tackle a tune that ironically they introduce as being by “some friends of ours”…