Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Roy Orbison Singing For The Lonely

"Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen may be in the running for New Jersey's state anthem, at least judging from the amount of the covers that exist of it. Not up to "Love Will Tear Us Apart" but at least there isn't a multitude of bad goth bands covering it. So in alphabetical order we have:

Badly Drawn Boy A well known Springsteen fan, Damon Gough has gone as far as naming one of his kids after Bruce, and in a Springsteen like monologue often tells concert audiences how he stalked him when he played in Manchester.

Cowboy Junkies A band well known for covers, there version of "Sweet Jane" is second to none, this appeared on a bonus EP that Best Buy gave away with one of the band's albums.

Mary Lou Lord From here "Live City Sounds" album Ms. Lord's albums and live shows are always liberally sprinkled with covers, highlighting her busking roots.

Kevin Rowland A proposed track for Rowland's "My Beauty" album, where the ex Dexys Midnight Runners leader appeared resplendent in woman's underwear on the cover, received awful reviews, and consequently sold in its hundreds. Apparently this song was pulled from the album after Broooooooce refused permission for it to be included(?) This only appeared on the pre-release versions of the album.

Tortoise And Bonnie Prince Billy from their new collaboration "The Brave And The Bold" Will and those wacky funsters the Toise take the song in a cool new direction.

- Badly Drawn Boy - Thunder Road
Buy Badly Drawn Boy here

- Cowboy Junkies - Thunder Road
Buy Cowboy Junkies here

- Mary Lou Lord - Thunder Road
Buy "Live City Sounds" here

- Kevin Rowland - Thunder Road
Be the only one on your block to own "My Beauty" here

- Tortoise & Bonnie Prince Billy - Thunder Road
Buy their "The Brave And The Bold" album here

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