Friday Random Ten: Death and Monkeys edition

I've got to inaugurate the new site with a Friday Random Ten, don't I?

My Generation Patti Smith
Ghost Riders On The Storm California Guitar Trio
Women's Prison Loretta Lynn
Coming in from the cold The Delgados
Noctuary Bonobo
Evolution Ayumi Hamasaki
Death Is Not The End (With Nick Cave) PJ Harvey
Walk Through My Door Gaelic Storm
Lord, Fix Me Madison Prayer Band
Leave My Monkey Alone Warren Zevon
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The Patti Smith cover of My Generation is better than the original (the whole ablum http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BKDOB6/pharyngula-20 is great. Other covers, better than the original: Patti Smith's Gloria; Lemonheads, Mrs. Robinson; The Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane; Urge Overkill, Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon; Cake, I Will Survive (and I do like their cover of Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.) Time to hit the tunes.

Since we are talking about covers that are better than the originals don't forget Marilyn Manson's version of Sweet Dreams and Type O Negative's version of Summer Breeze...

By afarensis (not verified) on 13 Jan 2006 #permalink

The P.J. Harvey / Nick Cave collaboration isn't as surprising as the Nick Cave / Kylie Minogue duet off the same album. Brilliant, though. Love that song.

afarensis, don't forget Type O Negative's version of Cinnamon Girl. Also, Bad Religion does some nicely paraphrased Xmas carols.

I had forgot about Cinnamon Girl...

By afarensis (not verified) on 13 Jan 2006 #permalink

PZ: do you mean "Ghost Riders in the Sky"?

(you seem to have created a recombinant of this title and the Doors' "Riders on the Storm"!

Hey, I actually recognize a couple of these, which isnt usually the case with PZs music lists (says the old guy).

By Sage Donkey (not verified) on 13 Jan 2006 #permalink

Ghost Riders On The Storm is an interesting hybrid of both Ghost Riders in the Sky and Riders on the Storm. It actually works.

Another "aw, yeah" for Death is Not the End. Not only are both the song and the cover style great, but it serves as the PERFECT button to the album.

It's real. It's off the album Murder Ballads.

Yes, I own it. ;)

In fact, my one and only nickname is off of that album. My name is Loretta... "Curse of Millhaven."

Leave My Monkey Alone

Yet another lesser known Zevon song about apes. Anyone who knows this one must be quite familiar with the bulk of his great career.

btw, Gorilla You're a Desperado is my favorite.

By Pan Pan (anon) (not verified) on 14 Jan 2006 #permalink