Lancelot Link IV1

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Under Cover of Dancing Trees

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William Shatner  Common People (Pulp)  buy on itunes
El Vez  Lust for Christ (Iggy Pop)  buy on itunes
The Fall  Rollin' Danny (Gene Vincent)  buy on itunes
Kaiser Chiefs  I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)  buy on itunes
I Am the World Trade Center  Call Me (Blondie)  buy on itunes
The Black Keys  No Fun (Stooges)  buy on itunes
Mekons  Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)  buy on itunes
Petty Booka  The Tide is High (Blondie)  buy on itunes
Giant Sand  Plants and Rags (PJ Harvey)  buy on itunes
Butterfly Boucher  Changes (David Bowie)  buy on itunes
Kelley Stoltz  Rescue (Echo and the Bunnymen)  buy on itunes
Sodsai Chaengkij  Lady Madonna (Beatles)  buy on itunes
The Frogs  Vacation (Go-Go's)  buy on itunes
The Plastics  Last Train to Clarksville (Monkees)  buy on itunes
Cansei de Ser Sexy  Hollywood (Madonna)  buy on itunes
Snowden  Time of the Season (Zombies)  buy on itunes
Rachid Taha  Rock el Casbah (Clash)  buy on itunes
Vyvienne Long  Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)  buy on itunes
Nouvelle Vague  Guns of Brixton (Clash)  buy on itunes
Willie Nelson  Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)  buy on itunes
George and Antony  Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John Lennon)  buy on itunes
Flaming Lips  Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)  buy on itunes

Comment:

1. I love the original version and I love William Shatner. So this was a sort of peanut butter and chocolate coming together, yes? Well, sort of. I never took his forays into sound recordings very seriously (did anybody other than him?) and thought "Has Been" would be some pathetic joke. Instead of his earnest delivery being a handicap, I find that it works well in the service of the songs. But none of them reach the heights of this track, which I love for reasons I can't entirely express. When Joe Jackson swoops in to help things along, I'm in heaven.
2. I love El Vez because he is both political and funny, a rare combination. I love this song because it is both reverent and funny, which is equally rare.
3. Beyond being brilliant in their own right, the Fall are a cover mixers dream - ace choices that they make their own. This is one of my faves of theirs.
4. Nice funked up version of this song.
5. More "new wavey" than the original. Not a bad stab at the song, though covering Blondie works to point up the vocal limitations here (no one, I repeat no one, can match the incomparable D. Harry).
6. The Black Keys are one of those recent bands I'm told I will like. But I haven't listened to them, other than this song. Captures the spirit of the original but in its own way, I think.
7. The Mekons are another band I have long loved and one of the few that can successfully cover Johnny Cash. How do these Brits come off sounding so genuinely musically American? They've got the spirit.
8. "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian" is my most recent antidote to the blues - fun stuff.
9. Great band, great song to cover.
10. Apparently Butterfly is her real name. I guess that gives her some kind of cred. Good job here covering Bowie (and she doesn't really need his help, but it's a pleasant surprise when he shows up).
11. This is from a cover of the entire "Crocodiles" album, which is an LP that was a significant part of my teenage soundtrack. This pays proper due to it.
12. I have no idea who this is but I like it.
13. The Frogs are one of those bands I've kept meaning to listen to (in this case, since 1989) but have not really explored yet. This is a very fun piss take on the song and southern California culture.
14. The Plastics were a very quirky band and if you only know them by their godawful Island lp, the original Japanese albums are worth tracking down.
15. No clue about this one - but it's fun!
16. Another mystery band to me. A really nice interpretation of a 60s classic. Puts me in mind of the Danse Society's take on the Rolling Stones' "2000 Light Years From Home."
17. From all evidence I've heard, Algerian-French phenom Rachid Taha is the genuine article. Against all odds, he makes me momentarily forget Joe Strummer when I hear this. Now that's a good cover.
18. Vyvienne Long does a nice cello-based interpretation of the Jack White Show. Good for her.
19. New wave bossa nova - outstanding! Where was this band during my high school prom? 20. Willie gives the Nirvana anthem some soul. 21. A pleasant meeting of the minds. 22. A hard cover to pull off. I think the Lips manage it, though. Just barely. ***Cover image is "Dancing Trees" by Dun Luna.
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Feedback:

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Nomates
Date: 2/14/2006
Hey everybody loves a "covers" mix. This is a quirky addition to the catalogue.Some excellent choices, some bizarre ones, and some downright -- well, you know...cos I don't. The notes are most illuminating and really add to the potential enjoyment here.You have to admire a person who knows what they like and is willing to actually explain why. So admiration all round.Oh, in case I hadn't made myself clear -- an all too common trait of mine -- I like it.
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musicgnome
Date: 2/14/2006
Oh, yes...and might I also say...fantastic mixin overall.

For all those who missed out (me included) please check out this mixer's fantastic catalog...you know you want to!
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Saaf
Date: 2/14/2006
Wonderfully wacky.
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jonpoi
Date: 2/14/2006
8. Big smiles for Petty Booka. Although having starred on the Annoying Music Hour for their bluegrass tribute to Madonna (Material Girl), the girl's (and ESPECIALLY) the producer's heart is in the right place. A guilty pleasure because they invited me up to Tokyo and gave me permission to share their music with y'all, this is their permission by proxy to keep on sharing. HAving said that, I am definitely looking forward to checking out your catalog.
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ZARAUS DES
Date: 2/15/2006
Fandango shit! None of the usual hand me down cliches or tired "oh I've seen this mix before" I will be stealing a few from here...
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Mike Eternity
Date: 2/15/2006
Really lively set, despite a few mishaps (Kaiser Chiefs, Willie Nelson). Ditto what Nomates said - your commentary is the highlight (although Rachid Taha comes close). Thanks for the bonus info/insights.
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Nest of Vipers
Date: 2/15/2006
Looks good. I love 1, 6, 14!!, and 17. My mind is boggling at the thought of Willie covering Nirvana...
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Dom1
Date: 2/15/2006
Good stuff my friend!
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sammyg123
Date: 2/15/2006
Not your average 'Covers' mix. And all the better for it. Tremendous!
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12vman
Date: 2/15/2006
Very cool.
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Moe
Date: 2/15/2006
Always enjoy seeing a good covers mix, with plenty of unobvious inclusions.
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valis
Date: 2/16/2006
Outstanding Lancelot, but then you knew that. Agree, completely, on the Fall...
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valis
Date: 2/16/2006
Outstanding Lancelot, but then you knew that. Agree, completely, on the Fall...
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Salman1
Date: 2/16/2006
Wow. Wonderful mix.
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Dead Man
Date: 2/16/2006
Cool mix and notes, and a great cover image. I agree with you about William Shatner.
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p the swede
Date: 3/7/2006
fun ones, a lot I had to check out
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SwankQueen
Date: 4/5/2006
I absolutely love that Rachid Taha cover. The rest looks wonderful, too.

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