Originals: America by Traffic Sound (covered by Magic Hour)
A few years ago I made a collection of posts digging out the original versions of the songs that Galaxie 500, Luna and Damon & Naomi had covered over the years - this was in the days before YouTube and Spotify so tracking down the originals was not as easy as it would be now (although Napster and Audiogalaxy helped). I haveand my intention over the coming months (possibly years) is to dig out original of the track (or in some cases the version that most likely inspired the cover). I'll possibly leave out the occasional cover from this series for various reasons.
And you'll see I've left out the first one from the list which was Tom Rapp's cover of Neil Young's After The Goldrush which Naomi sang backing on and, I believe, Damon produced. But you all know that original, so...
Traffic Sound were a Peruvian Psychedelic Rock band active in the late 60s and early 70s and America was on their third album, Tibet's Suzettes. In parallel with their career as a duo were for a short while in the band Magic Hour with Wayne Rogers and Kate Bigger formerly of Crystallized Movements and then of Major Stars. America was released as the b-side to their second single I Had a Thought:
Audio: Magic Hour - America
Bonus: Oh OK then... here's Tom Rapp's cover of After the Goldrush
… and Neil's original