Saturday, July 26, 2008

They Did It Their Way - T, U and V

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.


Teenage Fanclub - Personality Crisis

Templeton Twins - Hey Jude

Templeton Twins - MacArthur Park

Third Eye Blind - Train In Vain
Tom Tom Club - You Sexy Thing

Tourists - I Only Wanna Be With You


UB40 - Can't Help Falling In Love

UB40 - I Got You Babe (with Chrissie Hynde)


Violent Femmes - Children of the Revolution

Violent Femmes - Crazy

Violent Femmes - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

Teenage Fanclub's cover of the New York Dolls' song, "Personality Crisis" is from the soundtrack of the movie, "Velvet Goldmine." I still like this movie, and I still like the soundtrack -- a mixture of original tracks, cover tracks and songs written for the movie. Some of the best David Bowie songs that Bowie never wrote or performed.

The Templeton Twins versions of Hey Jude and MacArthur Park are from the Annoying Music Show collect, "Song For People."

Third Eye Blind's cover of the Clash's "Train In Vain" is from the previously mentioned tribute album, "Burning London."

Tom Tom Club covered Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" on their 1991 album, "Dark Sneak Love Action."

The Tourists (including Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart before Eurythmics) had a hit with I Only Wanna Be With You in the UK, but it didn't get a chance in the US.

UB40 has three albums devoted to covers, based on the fact that a lot of Reggae musicians perform covers frequently. So all three "Labour Of Love" albums could theoretically be inserted here. Of course, I''m not going to do that.

UB40's cover of Can't Help Falling In Love
was on their 1993 album, "Promises and Lies." I think the main reason I included it here was to provide contrast to Erasure's cover of the same song.

Their collaboration with Chrissie Hynde on
I Got You Babe can be found in several places, but most easily on UB40's "Greatest Hits" collections.

Violent Femmes covered T-Rex's Children of the Revolution on "The Blind Leading the Naked."

Violent Femmes cover of the Culture Club's Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? was on their album, "Why Do Birds Sing?"

Violent Femmes cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" does not yet have a video. They currently have a call out to people to submit their own videos for the song. The song is only available through iTunes and on vinyl.

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