Saturday, August 2, 2008

They Did It Their Way - W to Z

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.


White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
White Stripes - St. James Infirmary Blues

Lilias White - Aquarius

Dar Williams - Comfortably Numb
Dar Williams - You Won't See Me


Dwight Yoakam - Ring Of Fire
Thom Yorke - Ladytron

Thom Yorke - 2HB

Yusuf - Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood


Warren Zevon - Knockin' On Heaven's Door

White Stripes covered St. James Infirmary Blues on their first album, and covered Burt Bacharach's and Hal David's I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself on their album, "Elephant." St. James is okay, but I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself is really wonderful.

Lilias White was the one chosen to sing Aquarius for the AFA benefit recording of "Hair."

Dar Williams covered Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb on her album "My Better Self." She performed You Won't See Me for the Rubber Soul tribute, "This Bird Has Flown."

Dwight Yoakam covered Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire on his album, "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc."

Thom Yorke recorded both Ladytron
and 2HB for the soundtrack of "Velvet Goldmine."

Yusuf is here because even though he is generally known as "Yusuf Islam," the album itself listed him only as "Yusuf." And it included an interesting take on Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood -- not just because of the arrangement, but also because of the vitriol that has been aimed at him in recent years because of his name and his religion.

Warren Zevon recorded Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door on his last album, "The Wind" as his response to his own cancer.

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