Saturday, May 17, 2008

They Did It Their Way - C

If you're seeing this for the first time and wondering what this "They did it their way" thing is about, read here for the background and full listing of this personal game of mine.


Belinda Carlisle - Bless the Beasts and the Children

Karan Casey - Ballad of Accounting
Karan Casey - The World Turned Upside Down
Karan Casey - Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair
Johnny Cash - Hard Times
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Johnny Cash - If You Could Read My Mind
Johnny Cash - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Johnny Cash - In My Life
Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus
Johnny Cash - Redemption Song
Johnny Cash - We'll Meet Again
Roseanne Cash - I Don't Want to Spoil the Party
Roseanne Cash - Tennessee Flat Top Box
Eva Cassidy - Blue Skies
Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold
Eva Cassidy - Take Me To the River
Eva Cassidy - Tall Trees in Georgia
Eva Cassidy - Time After Time
Eva Cassidy - What a Wonderful World
Eva Cassidy - Over the Rainbow
Eva Cassidy - Songbird
Clash - I Fought the Law
Clash - Police & Thieves
Julian Cope - 5 O' Clock World
Alan Copeland - Mission Impossible Theme / Norwegian Wood
Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane
Cowboy Junkies - Walking After Midnight
Bing Crosby - Hey Jude

"Bless the Beasts and the Children" comes from a PETA collection from the early nineties called "Tame Yourself." I think they included it because when she sings this song, Belinda Carlisle sounds like a sheep.

Karan Casey is a fine traditional Irish singer. As mentioned previously, "The Ballad of Accounting" from 1964, and "The World Turned Upside-Down" from 1975 are protest songs. At this site you can find free mp3 downloads of several versions of "The Ballad of Accounting" including one sung by the man who wrote it, Ewan MacColl.

Johnny Cash spent his last years recording a lot. Some new songs, some just songs that he liked. A lot of people thought that the fact that he recorded Nine Inch Nails' song "Hurt" and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" was just extremely funny. But both of them, especially "Hurt," just mean something different coming out of Johnny Cash's mouth. If you've never seen the video for "Hurt," click here. I also liked the fact that he recorded "Redemption Song" as a duet with Joe Strummer. And I guess Johnny Cash is about the only person who can cover Gordon Lightfoot without it sounding like a parody.

Roseanne Cash covers the Beatles, then Roseanne Cash covers her father. If you want a decent list of Beatles covers, you need to make sure you cover the bases of musical styles.

Eva Cassidy was another tragic loss. Also a great source for acoustic covers. Video from Blues Alley here.

Got to include The Clash when you can. "Police and Thieves" and "I Fought the Law."

Julian Cope was the lead singer of "The Teardrop Explodes." His solo career never really got him any hits in the US. Here's his video of "Five O'Clock World."

The Alan Copeland and the Bing Crosby tracks come from the previously mentioned, "Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher the Beatles" (out of print). The Alan Copeland number is an inspired piece that commingles "Norwegian Wood" with the theme from "Mission Impossible." You can hear 30-second previews of both tracks (and the entire CD) at Amazon but apparently not at the iTunes store.

Cowboy Junkies cover of "Sweet Jane" pretty much speaks for itself. "Walking After Midnight," not as good a cover.

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