Apr 162014
Originals: Season of the Witch by Donovan (covered by Luna)

Donovan wrote Season of the Witch for his 1966 LP Sunshine Superman, it helped weed out the Dylan copyist stuff that Pennebaker had planted in Don’t Look Back. Here’s a live version from French TV in 1967 Luna’s version was recorded during the Penthouse sessions and was first heard on the soundtrack of 1996 film [...]

Apr 092014

OK, I know that Sally Free & Easy wasn’t originally by Trees. It was written in the 1950s by English folk singer and songwriter Cyril Tawney, but I can’t help but think that the Magic Hour version was more likely a cover of the track as recorded by the English folk band Trees for their [...]

Apr 022014
Originals: Ride Into the Sun by The Velvet Underground (covered by Luna)

Ride Into the Sun never made it onto any of The Velvet Underground’s official releases until, I believe, their posthumous Another View compilation was released in 1986, the version on that was an istrumental version recorded in 1969, an earlier version, with vocals, had turned up on the 1993 Australian box set, and an out-take [...]

Mar 262014
Originals: Random Rules by Silver Jews (covered by Dean & Britta)

Random Rules was released on Silver Jews third album American Water in 1998. Silver Jews were a NYC band that was led by David Berman and featured Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement) and Chris Stroffolino. Dean & Britta’s cover was the penultimate track on their 2003 album L’Avventura MP3: Dean & Britta – Random Rules Here’s [...]

Mar 192014
Originals: Rain by The Beatles (covered by Galaxie 500)

Rain was one of the Lennon Lennon/McCartney compositions and was released as the b-side of Paperback Writer in the 1966. As a b-side the band rather surprisingly made three promotional films for it, this one was made round the corner from me in Chiswick House The Beatles – Rain Galaxie 500′s cover was a live [...]