Originals: The World’s Strongest Man by Scott Walker (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Motion picture scene (1916)
The World’s Strongest Man was written by Scott Walker and released in 1969 on host legendary LP Scott 4.

Damon & Naomi’s cover first appeared in 2009 on the Scott Walker tribute album 30th Century Man that was released to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The track subsequently turned up on the flip of the Walking Backwards single on Great Pop Supplement.

MP3: Damon and Naomi – The World’s Strongest Man

Originals: Who Am I by Country Joe and the Fish (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Who Am I was recorded by Country Joe and the Fish on their second album I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die in 1967

Damon & Naomi’s cover was released on their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi in 1995:

MP3: Who Am I – Damon and Naomi

On the Galaxie 500 Mailing List many years ago, while discussing the song, Bob brought up an interesting point…
Bob:

this is a very nice version of the Country Joe and the Fish song. However, D&N leave off the final and most haunting/troubling verse of the song. Lyrics were definitely a sign of the times…ca 1967 or so….but the D&N version omits the punch line. I’ve thought of asking them why, but always forget whenever I have the chance to see them.

The verse in question…

And now my friend we meet again and
We shall see which one will bend
Under the strain of death’s golden eyes
Which one of us shall win the prize
To live and which one will die
‘Tis I, my friend, yes ’tis I
Shall kill to live again and again
To clutch the throat of sweet revenge
For life is here only for the taking.

Update:
… so I took advantage of Twitter and asked Damon about that last verse…

Originals: Friday I’m in Love by The Cure (covered by Dean & Britta)

This one slipped through the net way back in the Fs, so here’s a bonus this week. Friday I’m in Love was the second single from The Cure’s 1992 album Wish. According to Wikipedia this toe-curling dogs breakfast of a video won “Best Music Video” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards (I guess that may say more about the 90s than about the video itself? Or maybe more about what I find toe-curling.)

Dean and Britta covered the track for a 2008 tribute album Just Like Heaven.

Originals: Well…. All Right by Buddy Holly and The Crickets (covered by Galaxie 500)

Well…. All Right was released by Buddy Holly as the b-side to his 1958 single Heartbeat. And it does have a four dot ellipsis, which I guess technically means that the title has an ellipsis and a full stop as there’s really no such thing as a four dot ellipsis (personally I’m disinclined to use a four dots even at the end of a sentence!

The Galaxie 500 cover turned up on a few of Galaxie 500′s first demo tapes, I’ve blogged about that before, so here you just get to listen to it!

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Well…. All Right

Obviously if I knew my alphabet this would have appeared last week!

Originals: White Horses by Jacky (covered by Dean and Britta)

Radio Times scan lifted from this White Horses site

White Horses was written by Michael Carr and Ben Nisbett for the UK import of Yugoslavian/German TV show Ferien in Lipizza, it was credited to “Jacky”, who is actually Jackie Lee. The theme song was so successful that it was apparently dubbed back onto non-English versions of the show.

Dean & Britta covered the song on their second album, Back Numbers, in 2007.

Later that year Sonic Cathedral Records released a seven inch single with a Sonic Boom remix of the track and a “version Française”
MP3: Dean & Britta – White Horses (version Française)

The single has sold out but you can get the Sonic Boom remix on Cathedral Classics Vol 1 for a couple of quid – which is quite the bargain!

Here’s a live version recorded for the World Cafe in 2007
MP3: Dean & Britta – White Horses (live on WXPN, 8th March 2007)

The song has been covered by a hatful of cool folk, most of whom you can find in this post on Everything’s Swirling.