Hey Mr DJ: Phoned In Edition

I’ve been on vacation for the past week and I wanted to push this one out early since I’m likely to sleep in on Friday. It’s been a mostly unsatisfying Spring Break given the sick kid, sick wife, and sick weather. However, it’s reassuring to know that just because I take a break from the routine, the world won’t stop going on; business as usual.

Democrats still want your guns. The Pope and Religious Right still want rape victims to carry the babies to term. The President continues to piss off both sides of the Israel-Palestine conflict and yet still enjoys overwhelming support from American Jews. Your taxes are too low and too high. We definitely do and definitely do not have a spending problem. The Tonight Show is irrelevant no matter who hosts it. Chris Stevens remains dead and we know just as little now about why as we did six months ago.

So I’m on autopilot this week. Forgive me. Or don’t. I don’t care.

Make my day with:

1. Covers of other artist’s songs. Does not matter if they’re better or worse than the originals. It’s all been done before.

2. Revivals of genres/styles/etc. Think of Mumford and Sons trying to bring back Bluegrass or 70’s throwbacks like The Black Crowes. It’s all been done before.

3. Songs in which the artist clearly was not even trying. Going through the motions, phoning it in, pandering, churning out hits with no depth, meaning, or value. Every Nickelback song, ever.

4. Go rogue with something refreshing and new. Bowie has a new album, you know…

5. Nick Cave. Yes.

Limpbizkit Bonus: Recognize entire musical genres and trends that crashed and burned. Rap Rock is a fine target here. It’s all been done before…and it was laughable.

No risk taking this week. But for those who did it last week…

pfluffy: Black Grease by The Black Angels (Psychedelia Revival)

Santino: Lemon Scent by Dead Sara (Grunge Revival)

WVR: Survival by Muse (Trying Hard to be Queen)

Biggie G: Stray Cat Strut by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (Big Band Revival)

Mississippi Yankee: Personal Jesus by Johnny Cash (Depeche Mode Cover)

stogy: Army of Me by Helmet (Bjork Cover)

InsipiD: Blue Monday by Orgy (New Order Cover)

Alex: Guerilla Radio by Rage Against the Machine (Communism Revival)

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  1. Mississippi Yankee

    Hayseed Dixie pretty much does ‘covers’ exclusively. And after “Gin-n-Juice” this is my favoeite by them.

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  2. Mississippi Yankee

    In 1974 Bobby Bare (Detroit City) did a cover of “Marie Laveau”. The original had been done by his good friends Dr. Hook but IMHO this was phoned-in over a bad connection

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  3. pfluffy

    Metallica phoning it in with some “Cock Rock Revival” on their YouTube channel. I wonder if they regret suing their fans yet. Anywho, there is also some eye candy in the video for Alex, who last week seemed obsessed with the taste and smell of lesbian pussy and how it relates to weight loss. These chicks look pretty skinny, but maybe they’re phoning in the dykes, too.

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  4. pfluffy

    pfluffy how was the concert last weekend?

    It was incredible, stogy. The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is a great venue. Here is “Jack the Ripper” from the show, an oldie but goodie:

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  5. stogy

    OK. Thanks Thrill. Great theme this week. I thought I might take a different tack with it. Iggy Pop and Francois Hardy “I’ll be seeing you”. One of my all time favorite covers.

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  6. Santino

    I was pretty content seeing 2 beautiful women singing Gangnam Style. Then whack…women playing electric violins… seeeeeexy! Thank you Stogy and Harley :)

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    Biggie G says:
    March 22, 2013 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm (UTC -4) | Edit comment
    Thrill,

    You know, I actually play in a big band.

    I thought so. That may have come up on the Brass Balls Edition. I’ll take another swing at it:

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  8. Thrill *

    I don’t like Evanescence, but do respect them for covering this song: Fourth of July. I love when she hits the “JUUUULYYYY-YYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!”

    You could also call the above a tribute to the Big Rock Hits thread in light of the meteor(s) over the East Coast tonight.

    The Spaghetti Incident is filled with this week’s topic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Zrv_wSBZY

    Strange to think that GnR was already walking dead when that album was being made.

    A personal favorite from the glory days of rap-rock: What a Day by Nonpoint

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    working_man says:
    March 22, 2013 5:10 pm at 5:10 pm (UTC -4) | Edit comment
    somehow this seems to cross over many of the categories…

    You are quite astute. I believe EVERY DJ thread could be enriched with some Steel Panther. The whole thing is simply genius.

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  10. CM

    Sure it’s super girly, and even sadder because ‘she died to soon’, but this really is GENIUS.

    Eva Cassidy – Fields of Gold

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  11. Thrill *

    Anything from Frank Bennett. Here’s his version of Radiohead’s “Creep”.

    I like that, but it could be because the original is so played out that ANYTHING slightly different sounds refreshing. It really is a great song.

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  12. CM

    Another cool version is how it’s sampled in Girl Talk // All Day.

    Glen Campbell – Good Riddance
    He does a decent Times Like These (Foo Fighters) too.

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  13. Mississippi Yankee

    Sugarland did a lot of covers although this may not be one of them.

    The singer is Jennifer Nettles and she has a “torch singers” voice doing country rock. Quite a combination IMO. Hope y’all enjoy

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