Today we kick off a new column called Then and Now in which we let our readers compare a recently busted out version of a tune to a take from before the song was put on the shelf.
Jamtronica act STS9 isn’t a band that plays covers all that often, so it was quite a surprise when the band filled nearly their entire first set with covers on Halloween night at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Penn. Starting off with Michael Jackson’s Thriller, STS9 tackled Icky Thump by The White Stripes, Daft Punk’s Robot Rock, The Walk by The Cure, Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones, Deee-lite’s What Is Love, King Pharoah’s Tomb by King Tubby, Bloody Beatroots’ Awesome and the Deodato version of 2001 (Also Sprach Zarathrustra) by the time the set was done.
[Photo by by hollyfazekas From STS9 Tumblr]
STS9 hadn’t covered 2001 since 1999 and Wednesday night’s take, like other songs in the first set, featured horns. We wanted to share a version of 2001 from 1998 as well as a decent video of Wednesday night’s cover to show off the differences between them.
Here’s audio of STS9 performing Also Sprach Zarathrustra on April 18, 1998…
And check out this video of ASZ with horns from the Tower on Wednesday night…