Today’s songs are brought to you by a slow work day and a desire to not think about politics for a hot second. After today’s battles we’ll be three quarters of the way done with the first round. Listen to the songs here and vote by 11pm EST on Wednesday.
In 1950, Muddy Waters recorded “Rollin’ Stone”, one of several of his songs to use the phrase. The Rolling Stones‘ original lead guitarist, Brian Jones (he of death-by-swimming pool fame) lobbied for the new British crew to adapt that as their band name in 1962, and Dylan’s classic, “Like a Rollin’ Stone“, followed three years later. Jagger, Richards and co. cover Dylan, and go head to head with Cake, who are covering Black Sabboth’s “War Pigs.” As one of the people who hated on Cake’s cover of “I Will Survive”, I should note that this cover is much tighter.
Did you know that “Black Magic Woman” was a Fleetwood Mac cover? I certainly did not. Santana’s version was playing when our jeep nearly went off a cliff driving in the dark, dusty back roads of the Bolivian mountains. One of the more familiar tunes in the tournament, Santana’s cover goes up against a worthy foe, “Little Wing” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the few guitarists unintimidated by the prospect of covering Hendrix. The nominator opted for a version that cuts off rather abruptly, rather than jamming on for six and a half minutes, which is probably a wise call.
The next match-up features an against the grain nomination, the Easy Star All-Stars cover of “Let Down.” Because if there are two automatic winners with this crowd, it’s reggae and Radiohead. It’ll be taking on the Jerry Garcia Band‘s cover of the old soul song, “Magnificent Sanctuary Band.”
Joe Cocker brings it home, covering the Beatles, “With a Little Help From My Friends.” There was initially some discussion of this song’s eligibility, but who hasn’t heard Ringo’s delightful vocals in the original? It felt like one of the last Beatles songs where the whole band was into it. Cocker will face off against an equally ambitious vocalist, Josh Hoge, who goes full throttle on the old Bill Withers tune, “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
Enjoy! Here are the pastables:
Like a Rollin’ Stone (Rolling Stones) vs. War Pigs (Cake)
Black Magic Woman (Santana) vs. Little Wing (Stevie Vaughan)
Let Down (Easy Star All Stars) vs. Magnificent Sanctuary Band (Jerry Garcia Band)
With A Little Help From My Friends (Joe Cocker) vs. Ain’t No Sunshine (Josh Hoge)
PS- Sorry for the posting error- this was supposed to go up at 11pm. I trust the loss of Monday’s late night voting won’t be to anyone’s detriment.