Though the contests are still very close, we’re going to call The Seeker for Pearl Jam and All Of My Love for Ween. Now that’s cleaned up, we’ll move on to this week’s edition which looks at Burning Down The House.
Remember Pop-Up Video? It appears MTVMusic.com has these up for free streaming now – awesome. I was inspired to to pick this song after seeing David Byrne’s production last week in New Bedford at the Zeiterion Theater. A fantastic, almost too perfect, production complete with beautiful vocal harmonies, choreography and cult-like matching white outfits for all onstage.
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Bonnie Raitt: Leading off this week is a kick-ass rendition from Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie is making her first Cover Wars appearance since the 4th ever edition back in March (Angel From Montgomery). Source: Road Tested
Dave Matthews Band: DMB added a bunch of new covers to the rotation this year, including Sledgehammer previously featured on Cover Wars. This particular performance included in the playlist is from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the same day that Leroi Moore passed away. It is surely a concert that goes down in the history books of modern Rock & Roll. Source: 8-19-2008
Some video from The Gorge about a week later:
Gary Backstrom Band: Former Jiggle The Handle frontman delivers a strong cover here with a new band he has put together. I saw this band a few days ago, Gary still rips it up and they delivered a nice cover of Little Wing. Source: 6-14-2008
Keller Williams: Keller incorporates acoustic guitar, bass, beat-boxing and vocals into his one-man performance. There is also a keyboard-sounding instrument but it’s hard to tell if it’s a real keyboard or some type of MIDI sound controlled buy a guitar. Source: 11-4-2006
Marcus Miller: I’m not sure who consults both Marcus Miller and Phish on cover songs they should play, but it’s someone because they always show up in the same editions. An instrumental cover. Source: M2
String Cheese Incident: This is from SCI’s first two-night stand at Radio City Music Hall in 2002. Bassist Keith Moseley moves over to keyboards for the duration of the tune. It was their first performance of the cover and was played only one more time just a few shows later. Source: 7-20-2002
Tom Jones with The Cardigans: This 1999 release is a collection of Tom Jones collaborations. In addition to this track with The Cardigans, Jones also performs with Stereophonics, Barenaked Ladies, Van Morrison and many others. Source: Reload
And that’s all for this week. It’s a very popular cover for rock bands, so this list certainly isn’t every cover out there. If I didn’t include your favorite version, it’s probably because I thought it sucked.
And some videos before we go. . .
From the Stop Making Sense DVD
David Byrne at the Davies Symphony Hall with the Extra Action marching band
David Byrne, Halloween 2008, Wang Center – Boston