Somehow in the last ten years, the term “oldies” has come to include songs that came out when many of us were in elementary school. Guns and Roses, R.E.M., Michael Jackson- all of them get airplay on the oldies station. But it used to be that oldies referred to the songs from a time when people drove around in boat-sized cars with tail fins and chrome and went to drive-ins, where they were served by waitresses wearing poodle skirts and roller skates. In that spirit, today’s round presents several homages to the fifties and sixties, some by modern day artists and some by singers who were covering these songs when they were still relatively fresh.
Votes are due by Wednesday October 5 at 11:00pm EST. Grooveshark link is here.
Our first matchup features two classic songs about places of refuge: The Staples Singers rendition of fellow Stax recording artist Otis Redding’s Dock of the Bay and The Nylons’ acappella version of The Drifters’ Up On The Roof.
Next, we have Amy Winehouse singing the provocative and at one time controversial Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (originally performed by the Shirelles and penned by a very young Carole King and her husband in 1960) and Ingrid Michaelson covering Elvis’s I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.
Our third matchup pits two competing theories about the key to human happiness. Making the case for the materialists, The Flying Lizards channel Mr. Roboto’s sister in their version of Barrett Strong’s Money (that’s what I want). Making the opposing case for love (specifically good love) are the Grateful Dead with their encore staple Good Lovin’ (originally by the Rascals).
In our final match-up, Slightly Stoopid puts Peter, Paul and Mary’s Leaving on a Jet Plane to a ska beat while Joey Ramone looks back on Wonderful World in a track released posthumously and recorded just before his death from cancer in 2001.
Dock of the Bay- Staples Singers vs Up On the Roof- the Nylons
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow- Amy Winehouse vs Can’t Help Falling In Love With You- Ingrid Michaelson
Money (that’s what I want)- Flying Lizards vs Good Lovin’- The Grateful Dead
Leaving on a Jet Plane- Slightly Stoopid vs. Wonderful World- Joey Ramone