Cover Wars: I’m Only Sleeping Edition

Jeff Tweedy: Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy delivers our only solo performance this week. It’s a subdued and slightly abridged version, but a great listen. Tweedy is no stranger to the song’s subject matter, having dealt with: depression, panic attacks, and painkiller addiction in his life. It would be another six years after this performance before Jeff would check himself into rehab. Source: 11-12-1998 via Owl & Bear Compilation

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Ryan Montbleau Band: RMB had an early afternoon time slot at the 2007 Gathering Of The Vibes and very appropriately debuted this cover to a crowd full of foggy-eyed concertgoers. As he always does, Ryan lends a bit of gospel flavor to the performance. Source: 8-11-2007

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Stereophonics with Oasis: Man we’ve got the All-English-All-Stars in this video: Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics, Oasis, and be on the lookout for cameos from Kate Moss AND Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones. Jones is no stranger to The Beatles covers as his band did a great version of Don’t Let Me Down as well.

Straylight Run: Amidst all these Scandanavians and Brits, we’ve got Straylight Run keeping it real for all the Indie Rockers coming out of New York State. This band was formed by two former members of Taking Back Sunday. Source: 3 Track EP

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Suggs: We’ve got Suggs in the house representing the British Ska band contingent (Suggs is the frontman of the popular band Madness). Source: Lone Ranger

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Vince Welnick: Vince has a very nice piano intro to this rendition. Very good overall, this clip is from August 2005 – less than a year before he would take his own life.

The Vines: This Australian band contributed this uptempo version for the I Am Sam Soundtrack – which was exclusively cover versions of Beatles tunes. The outro they tack on is very grunge. Source: I Am Sam

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Yonder Mountain String Band: If you like this, check out the full show for a great take on another Beatles classic – And Your Bird Can Sing. Source: 4-17-2004

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Checking in on last week’s, two week’s ago, three week’s ago (sorry!!!) This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) Cover Wars, Perpetual Groove has emerged as the clear winner. They even had time to play the song live in between the original publication and today’s vote-counting.


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