Saturday, March 31, 2007

They just don't seem to sail you off my mind.

I'm suddenly strangely addicted to the avant-garde reworkings of French Catalan composer Pascal Comelade, as well as his original work. I'm kind of a sucker for toy instruments and carnivalesque arrangements, and in this rare case, I enjoy when a cover sounds familiar but you can't readily place it. If you're looking for note-for-note covers, don't download these. If you, like me, have fantasies about opening a coffee shop just so you can play unique rock-inspired jazz in the background, go for it.

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  • Pascal Comelade "Brand New Cadillac" (Vince Taylor/The Clash cover)

  • Pascal Comelade "Honky Tonk Women" (Rolling Stones cover)

  • Pascal Comelade "Paint it Black" (Rolling Stones cover)

  • Pascal Comelade "Put a Straw Under Baby" (Brian Eno cover)

  • Pascal Comelade "The Sad Skinhead" (Faust cover)

  • Pascal Comelade and Richard Pinhas "Here come the Warm Jets" (Brian Eno cover)

  • Pascal Comelade and Robert Wyatt "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan cover)
     
  • 17 comments:

    Steve Crane said...

    These links all return 404 errors.h

    Lobstar said...

    Hmmm. That's odd. I'll move them over to my web space. Give it a second, refresh your browser, and try again.

    Anonymous said...

    Not much of a Stones fan, but I can deal with these covers. Very nice.
    Thanks.

    Elia,
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Lobstar said...

    Yeah, I can usually take or leave the Stones, but there's something about Comelade's "Honky Tonk Women" that I find hypnotic.

    Anonymous said...

    actually Brand New Cadillac is originally by Vince Taylor, Clash Version was already a cover, tztztz!

    Lobstar said...

    Anon- Well, that's where the difficulty in labeling things comes from. Was Comelade covering the Vince Taylor version or the Clash version? I suspect the latter. It's like seeing a cover of "Live and Let Die" on a Guns and Roses tribute album. Does that band realize they're covering Paul McCartney? It's always hard to tell.

    StuartD said...

    Very chuffed by the Wyatt inclusion - presume you have heard Wayatt/Pascal doing September Song? It is superlative.

    Lobstar said...

    Chuffed? Wow. Sorry. I waffled between the tow, and this is what I chose. But, lucky for you, you seem to already be familiar with "September Song"!

    Jack Feerick said...

    Loving "Put A Straw Under Baby." Have you heard Doug Hilsinger & Caroleen Beatty's version of "Taking Tiger Mountain"? They cover the whole album, reimagining it as big, beefy rock record. It's kinda fun - Eno liked it, anyway, and so did I.

    Lobstar said...

    Jack, Yeah, I've heard their TTM, but I'm not very excited by it. I'm not sure why.

    Jack Feerick said...

    Well, it's pretty basic, meat-and-potatoes rock. Which I have a high tolerance for, I guess. UIt's not a completely successful reimagining—it misses a lot of the subtlety and charm of the original, and it's lacking the sense of discovery—the what-the-hell is-thisness—hat Eno always conveys. But the hard-rock approach does some of the songs a favor, "Third Uncle" and "The True Wheel" especially.

    StuartD said...

    PS chuffed = pleased! x

    Lobstar said...

    Heh. "Chuffed" sounds like something unpleasant. I just assumed you were upset!

    Greg said...

    Great stuff! I would definitely patronize your coffeehouse with this music in the background....

    Anonymous said...

    Mmmmm, that Paint It Black cover is delicious, right up there with the steel drum cover of "Cars". Keep up the good work!

    olivier cavaller said...

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    I relly enjoy your blog, congratulations!!!!
    A french fan
    Olivier

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