Sunday, December 07, 2008


Below the fold are the complete tracklists for the disks exchanged in the all-covers CD swap. Great stuff, and a lot of interesting and creative (and amusing) choices. Artists covered more than once here include the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, the Kinks, and (oddly enough) Gene Pitney. (Cheesiest original artist, by unanimous vote of the person writing this, was Britney Spears.) Cover artists represented by more than one song include the Mekons, John Cale, Shonen Knife, Laika & the Cosmonauts, and the immortal Johnny Cash.

'Original artist' here is a potentially slippery term; in my list, I identified what I think is the most canonic version of the song, even if other (less well-known) versions came before. Others' mileage doubtless varied.

My list is, of course, partly a tribute to Steve's Guilty Pleasures, the list that inspired me to do this particular swap. Thanks to Ahab, George, and Steve for participating.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "I Came to Hear the Music" Ask Forgiveness [Mickey Newberry]
Cat Power, New York Jukebox [Frank Sinatra]
Madeleine Peyroux, "Blue Alert" Half the Perfect World [Leonard Cohen]
Martha Wainwright, "See Emily Play" I Know You’re Married But I Have Needs Too [Pink Floyd]
Lambchop, "Art Lover" This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies and the Kinks [The Kinks]
Sheryl Crow, "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute [Hank Williams]
Nick Cave, "Suzanne" Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man [Leonard Cohen]
Johnny Dowd, "Johnny B. Goode/Iron Man" Cruel Words [Chuck Berry/Black Sabbath]
The Cardigans, "Iron Man" First Band On the Moon [Black Sabbath]
Levon Helm, "The Mountain" Dirt Farmer [Steve Earle]
Drekka, "There Is a Mountain" BlueSanct Sampler 2005 [Donovan]
Victoria Williams, "Water to Drink" Water to Drink [Ella Fitzgerald]
Kristin Hersh, "Cuckoo" Hips and Makers [traditional]
Antony & the Johnsons, "Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door" I’m Not There [Bob Dylan]
Nina Persson, "Rock’N’Roll Ghost" A Camp [Paul Westerberg]
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cycles Ask Forgiveness [Gayle Caldwell]
Giant Sand, The Beat Goes On Cover Magazine [Sonny Bono]


disc one
Futureheads "Hounds of Love" The Futureheads (orig. Kate Bush)
Steve Earle "Time Has Come Today" Sidetracks (orig. Chambers Brothers)
Lucinda Williams "Main Road" Sweet Relief (orig. Victoria Williams)
K. McCarty "Walking the Cow" Dead Dog's Eyeball (orig. Daniel Johnston)
Syd Straw "By This River" Pink Velour (orig. Brian Eno)
Crooked Fingers "When U Were Mine" Reservoir Songs (orig. Prince)
Richard Thompson "Oops! I Did It Again" 1000 Years of Popular Music (orig. Britney Spears)
Jon Langford & Sally Timms "Broken Bottle" Por Vida: The Songs of Alejandro Escovedo (orig. Alejandro Escovedo)
Johnny Cash "Hurt" American IV: The Man Comes Around (orig. Nine Inch Nails)
Petra Haden "Don't Stop Believin'" Guilt by Association (orig. Journey)
Luna "Sweet Child o Mine" The Days of Our Nights (orig. Guns N' Roses)
Barbara Manning & the San Francsico Seals "Joed Out" No Alternative (orig. The Verlaines)
Alejandro Escovedo "Sex Beat" Bourbonitis Blues (orig. Gun Club)
The Raincoats "Lola" Rough Trade Shops: Post Punk Volume 1 (orig. Kinks)
T Bone Burnett "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett (orig. Carol Channing)
Yo La Tengo "You Tore Me Down" Fakebook (orig. Flamin' Groovies)
The Golden Palominos "These Days" This Is How It Feels (orig. Jackson Browne)
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" Raising Sand (orig. Everly Brothers)

disc two
Magazine "I Love You You Big Dummy" Secondhand Daylight remastered (orig. Captain Beefheart)
Yo La Tengo "Dreaming" Freedom of Choice (orig. Blondie)
Superchunk "100,000 Fireflies" The Question Is How Fast ep (orig. Magnetic Fields)
The Schramms "In the Mirror" Rock Paper Scissors Dynamite (orig. The Saints)
Portastatic "St. Elmo's Fire" Scrapbook ep (orig. Brian Eno)
Johnny Cash "One" American III: Solitary Man (orig. U2)
Big Star "Motel Blues" Live (orig. Loudon Wainwright III)
The Mendoza Line "Packs of Three" Final Reflections of the Legendary Malcontent (orig. Arab Strap)
Jon Rauhouse w/Howe Gelb "Indian Love Call" Steel Guitar Rodeo (orig. Mary Ellis & Dennis King, more famously Jeanette McDonald & Nelson Eddy)
Alex Chilton "B-A-B-Y" Feudalist Tarts (orig. Carla Thomas)
David Byrne "Don't Fence Me In" The Bachelor sdtrk (orig. Roy Rogers, sort of)
Miles Davis "Time after Time" The Essential Miles Davis (orig. Cyndi Lauper)
Emmylou Harris "Wrecking Ball" Wrecking Ball (orig. Neil Young)
Nouvelle Vague "I Melt with You" Nouvelle Vague (orig. Modern English)
Iron & Wine and Calexico "Dark Eyes" I'm Not There (orig. Bob Dylan)
John Cale "Hallelujah" I'm Your Fan (orig. Leonard Cohen)
The Mekons "Wild and Blue" The Curse of the Mekons (orig. John Anderson)
Nickel Creek "Spit on a Stranger" This Side (orig. Pavement)
Los Lobos "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" Just Another Band from East L.A. (orig. Louis Prima)
Graham Parker and the Rumour "I Want You Back (Alive)" Squeezing Out Sparks & Live Sparks (orig. Jackson Five)


Track Name Artist Album Time Originally By
Disk 1
1 (I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone Floyd Cramer Plays The Monkees 2:39 The Monkees
2 Heartbreak Hotel John Cale Slow Dazzle 3:08 Elvis Presley
3 Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache Bob Dylan Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy of Sun Records 2:33 Warren Smith
4 We Gotta Get Out Of This Place Fear The Record 2:38 The Animals
5 Top Of The World Shonen Knife If I Were A Carpenter 3:56 The Carpenters
6 Papa Oom Mow Mow The Persuasions 45 RPM Single 2:15 The Rivingtons
7 Statue of Liberty Joe Jackson A Testimonial Dinner-The Songs of XTC 3:05 XTC
8 My Funny Valentine Elvis Costello 45 RPM Single 1:26 Mitzi Green (from the Rodgers/Hart musical Babes In Arms)
9 Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee The Howling Diablos featuring Kid Rock Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy of Sun Records 3:32 Stick McGhee with Brownie McGhee & Dan Burley
10 Summertime Blues Blue Cheer Good Times Are so Hard to Find: The History of Blue Cheer 3:47 Eddie Cochran
11 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) Brian Eno 45 RPM Single 2:43 Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds (as Mbube)
12 Superstition Beck, Bogert & Appice Beck, Bogert & Appice 4:18 Stevie Wonder
13 Tell Her No Del Shannon 45 RPM Single 2:52 The Zombies
14 Rumble Jack Nitzsche 45 RPM Single 2:10 Link Wray
15 White Line Fever Joe Ely Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute To Merle Haggard 4:20 Merle Haggard
16 It's The Same Old Song K.C. & The Sunshine Band 45 RPM Single 2:36 The Four Tops
17 The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul Rubén Blades A Testimonial Dinner-The Songs of XTC 4:53 XTC
18 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) Cornershop When I Was Born For The 7th Time 2:27 The Beatles
19 It's All Too Much Steve Hillage L 6:08 The Beatles
20 Hey Little Girl (Live) Dead Boys Young, Loud, and Snotty 3:06 The Syndicate of Sound
21 I'm a Loser Vince Guaraldi Vince Guaraldi: Greatest Hits 2:38 The Beatles

Disk 2
1 Experiment In Terror Laika & The Cosmonauts Cosmopolis 2:15 Henry Mancini
2 I Want To Hold Your Hand Sparks 45 RPM Single 2:50 The Beatles
3 Get Rhythm NRBQ At Yankee Stadium 2:57 Johnny Cash
4 CIA Man 84 Rooms I Bury Ringo EP 1:43 The Fugs
5 Superstar Sonic Youth If I Were A Carpenter 4:08 The Carpenters
6 Silver Wings Marshall Crenshaw Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute To Merle Haggard 3:29 Merle Haggard
7 I'm A Believer Robert Wyatt 45 RPM Single 3:31 The Monkees
8 Big City Iris Dement Tulare Dust: A Songwriters' Tribute To Merle Haggard 2:48 Merle Haggard
9 Loose Buick MacKane The Pawn Shop Years 6:03 The Stooges
10 Rhapsody In Blue Juan Pablo Torres A Life In Music 4:28 George Gershwin
11 Who Will the Next Fool Be? Sheryl Crow Good Rockin' Tonight - The Legacy of Sun Records 3:49 Charlie Rich
12 Cold Turkey The Soft Boys A Can Of Bees 4:20 John Lennon
13 If I Had A Hammer Leonard Nimoy The Way I Feel 2:06 The Weavers (as The Hammer Song)
14 Star Trek Theme The Charles Randolph Greane Sound 45 RPM Single 3:22 Alexander Courage
15 Is It My Body Sonic Youth Sugar Kane Single 2:52 Alice Cooper
16 Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead The Fifth Estate 45 RPM Single 2:08 Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz
17 Earn Enough For Us Freedy Johnston A Testimonial Dinner-The Songs of XTC 3:29 XTC
18 Money (That's What I Want) John Belushi 45 RPM Single 2:21 Barrett Strong
19 Silver Threads and Golden Needles Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2:25 Wanda Jackson
20 Hurdy Gurdy Man Steve Hillage L 6:30 Donovan
21 Town Without Pity Ronnie Montrose 45 RPM Single 3:07 Gene Pitney


CD 1
1. Sharon Jones - I Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In (Kenny Rogers)
2. Cibo Matto - The Candyman (Sammy Davis Jr.)
3. Cracker - Loser (Grateful Dead)
4. Los Destellos - Para Elisa
5. Laika & the Cosmonauts - Fugitive (The Ventures)
6. Isaac Hayes - Walk On By (Dionne Warwick)
7. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Bang Bang (Nancy Sinatra)
8. Camper Van Beethoven - Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd)
9. Adam West - Vehicle (Ides of March)
10. Booker T. & the MGs - Hang 'em High (Ennio Morricone)
11. Dead Kennedys - Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley)
12. Chicha Libre - Popcorn Andino (Hot Butter)
13. Dead Moon - Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix)
14. Fastbacks - Rocket Man (Elton John)
15. Skatalites - A Shot in the Dark (Henry Mancini)
16. Lene Lovich - The Night (Frankie Valli)
17. Mekons - Heart of Stone (Rolling Stones)
18. Tom-Tom Club - You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate)
19. The Fall - Jerusalem (William Blake)
20. Wax Tailor - Que Sera (Doris Day)

CD 2
1. Friends of Dean Martinez - Wichita Lineman (Glenn Campbell)
2. Carl Bradney - Slipping Into Darkness (War)
3. Plugz - Hombre Secreto (Johnny Rivers)
4. Bing Crosby - Hey Jude (The Beatles)
5. Dead Moon - Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
6. Johnny Cash - Ghost Riders in the Sky (Vaughn Monroe)
7. Fleshtones - Comin' Home Baby (Mel Torme)
8. Shonen Knife - Faith Healer (Big Dipper)
9. Fastbacks - Ball of Fire (Tommy James & the Shondells)
10. Mark Eitzel - Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
11. Agent Orange - Pipeline (The Chantays)
12. Skatalites - Wide Man [Caravan] (Duke Ellington)
13. Thin White Rope - Some Velvet Morning (Lee Hazlewood)
14. Nick Cave - Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart (Gene Pitney)
15. The Fall - Victoria (The Kinks)
16. Kingsmen - Fever (Peggy Lee)
17. Bonnie Raitt - When the Spell Is Broken (Richard Thompson)
18. Generation Gap - War (Edwin Starr)
19. Sonics - Walkin' the Dog (Rufus Thomas)
20. The Judybats - She Lives (in a Time of Her Own) (13th Floor Elevators)
21. Television - Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bobby Dylan)
22. Joey Ramone - Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)