Hopefully everyone enjoyed a lovely fall weekend (for those of you not on the east coast, you missed a beaut’). Mondays after lovely weekends tend to suck, which is why I thought it was particularly important to pick out tunes capable of lifting you up on what might otherwise be a rude return to the working week.
Without further ado, here are your matchups for the Round of 128, part the eleventh. Songs are here, except for Natural Woman, which is here, and You Shook Me All Night Long, which is here. Votes are due by Tuesday at 9pm EST.
Round one presents a showdown between two latter-day soul divas: Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson team up to cover the Zutons’ Valerie, while Adele returns with her take on Aretha Franklin/Carole King’s Natural Woman.
In round two, we have another match-up in which a band goes up against one of its own songs. Ike and Tina Turner soup-up the Credence Clearwater original, Proud Mary, while CCR attempts to out-scream Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in I Put a Spell On You. All of you CCR fans out there will have to decide what you like better: the singer or the song.
In our third match-up, we find two members of country music royalty adapting selections from the modern rock canon. Dolly Parton performs a decidedly un-grungy version of Collective Soul’s Shine, while the Man In Black, Johnny Cash, covers Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down (Petty is backing up Cash here, but the Commission on Covers has decided to let this slide). Shockingly, I Won’t Back Down was the only nomination from Cash’s well-received American Recordings.
Finally, we end today’s round on a mellower note, with two female vocalists giving the treatment to songs from different ends of rock’s chronological spectrum. Leslie King offers up a toned down interpretation of ACDC’s eighties power chord anthem You Shook Me All Night Long, while Cat Power finishes off the set with her tender rendition of 1950s hit Sea of Love.
Grooveshark link here.
Pastable (with embedded youtube links for Natural Woman and You Shook Me All Night Long):
Valerie (Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson) vs Natural Woman (Adele)
Proud Mary (Ike and Tina Turner) vs I Put a Spell On You (Credence Clearwater Revival)
Shine (Dolly Parton) vs I Won’t Back Down (Johnny Cash)
You Shook Me All Night Long (Leslie King) vs Sea of Love (Cat Power)