According to the Tom Waits Library this is Tom’s most-covered song. More than Ol’ 55 or Downtown Train. It's from Rain Dogs, and the Cover Me blog has tracked down a cover for each song on the album. Like the Dylan below, covers bring Waits' songwriting to greater light.
One of the people in this song runs with scissors. The other spends a lifetime on the sidelines watching people run with scissors. Which are you?
...Shaye was a Canadian pop-rock band who dropped from sight after two albums. The original is by Ireland's Sinéad Lohan, who ... dropped from sight after two albums. Motherhood, sigh.
Superb song which may not have been done to its full potential yet.
Timeless songs should be, well, timeless. An 1968 Oscar winner for Noel Harrison from The Thomas Crown Affair, it is given a new outlook - love the latin elements - by Scottish singer Sharleen Spiteri (ex of the band Texas; bonus track Sleep ) on her second solo album, The Movie Songbook. It's a labour of love for her and I was lukewarm at first (too Olivia Newton John in places), but it's becoming a keeper.
er, Tin, that's his own song. Hey, good spot! This is where an an inviting cover (by Sinéad Lohan, with more Latin treats) can raise the standing of the original. Listening to Lohan after finding No Mermaid, her Ramona sent me scurrying to hear a song I did not know, and I was astounded by the fullness of the lyrics. It's still too 'old nasally Dylan' for me musically, but too lightweight without him. Maybe I should stop listening to Dylan and just read him.
This is not so much a cover as a piss take. How many bands does he spoof? Comments below.
.... Watch for Mr Andy (too clever, not) Clockwise, though. Roguish charm generally only gets you so far, but this Austrailian comic turned (self-procliamed) pop star may be poised to take over the world on chutzpah alone.
Many will tell you this album (Are You Well?) is too frivolous to buy; I disagree. Bonus: The Socialite (with Lissie), well up on my songs of 2010 list.
Something to wind down with and echo the Latin scents above.