Fire and Water Records: Favorite Covers Vol. 3

After the Daly Brothers and Tom Panarese finished their two-episode opus on favorite cover songs, Siskoid couldn't stop thinking about what songs he'd put on HIS list. Well, that's how podcast episodes are born, gentle listener! Join Siskoid for a quick dip into FW Records as he unveils Volume 3 of this particular series.

Track list:
"Common People" (Pulp) covered by William Shatner and Joe Jackson
"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (Gordon Lightfoot) covered by The Rheostatics
"La chanson de Maxence" (Michel Legrand) covered by Pomplamoose
"Le moustique" (The Doors) covered by Joe Dassin
"All Along the Watchtower" (Bob Dylan) covered by Bear McCreary
"Whipping Post" (Allman Brothers) covered by Frank Zappa
"Creep" (Radiohead) covered by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine
"Cobrastyle" (The Teddybears feat. Mad Cobra) covered by Robyn
"Jerusalem" (Dan Bern) covered by Molly Ventor
"Spider-Man Theme Song" covered by The Ramones
BONUS: "Rondo Alla Turca" (Mozart) covered by The Baronics
A YouTube playlist has been created HERE for your convenience.

Additional clips: "The Mosquito" by The Doors; "Kara's Coordinates" by Bear McCreary; and Montana (Whipping Floss) by Frank Zappa.

To hear Vol.1 on Pop Culture Affidavit, click HERE.

To hear Vol.2 here on the Fire and Water Podcast Network, click HERE.

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7 responses to “Fire and Water Records: Favorite Covers Vol. 3

  1. Fun fact: the R.L. Burnside version of “Let My Baby Ride” has been in regular rotation for me ever since that episode of Soundtrack Selections.

    Still listening…

  2. Fun episode, Siskoid! Lots of interesting choices, most of which, I confess, I’ve never heard. I liked your *brisk* explanations of your selections; I guess it shows these episodes don’t NEED to be marathons….

    Anyway, great listen, and YES, humor belongs in music!

    1. It’s just an artifact of doing it alone, and sort of shows (for me) why we prefer conversations.

      It took me a whole morning to WRITE the text, and then the thing comes out under a half-hour.

  3. I’m not really on the Bill Shatner spoken word train, but I especially side-eye proclamations of his ever improving on the original artist, most specifically Pulp. Like, the Shat can’t even do the rapid fire bridge, tagging in… Joe “Steppin’ Out” Jackson? No. “Common People” is a definitive track, and this cover ain’t it.

    My father got me into Suzanne Vega, one of my favorite singer-songwriters, but also hipped me to the music from the 99.9F° track “Bad Wisdom” being a straight lift from “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. I’ve never been able to fully wrap my head around that, because I haven’t found any notation of the music being based on anything traditional, nor acknowledgement of licensing it from Lightfoot, so how wasn’t there a lawsuit here? All this is to say that I prefer “Bad Wisdom” over its obvious “inspiration,” and I find The Rheostatics’ tacky and ponderous.

    We only got a few episodes into the second season of Battlestar Galactica. Maybe someday we’ll get back to it.

    Mac is a fan of Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine, and we saw him live at the House of Blues. “Down with the Sickness” was right there.

    I have to assume Molly Ventor’s cover of “Jerusalem” has come up in FW circles before, because I can’t imagine I’d have ever stumbled upon it on my own. I agree that it works better than the Dylanesque Dan Bern.

  4. An excellent follow up, Siskoid! As much as I’m a fan of the Daly bros., it’s great to have a different voice leading these proceedings.

    For the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, I’m also a fan of a double Canadian version….. but not the Rheostatics, but the Shuffle Demons version!

    I’m a big fan of Zappa and that story behind Whipping Post is great. And Zappa’s arrangement of the song is fantastic! It still has elements of the original but is filled with Zappa-isms.

    I love Richard Cheese, as well, but only in short doses. I’m not sure I could listen to a whole album in one go, but I find Cheese’s covers are good “palette cleansers”.

    This was lots of fun and I’m looking forward to see who else who is going to take up the baton next! Keep up the great work!

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