Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Cover songs

Heidi Shenk nedkellytheking@hotmail.com
Thu, 22 May 2003 23:19:08 -0500

I can name quite a few that the Oils (or any other decent band) should NEVER 
cover.  I know that this is completely horrible to even come to mind, but 
the Oils being a five person group...no matter how funny this would be to 
see, should never cover anything by N'Sync.  For that matter any shit pop 
music like that should be entirely banned from our world in the first place. 
  The horrible idea of this popped into my head when I thought that both 
groups have five members...oh horrors!!!!!!!  Help me please to get the 
mental picture out of my head!!!!!!!!!!  They should also never cover any of 
those classic cover songs that bands always play in bars....this includes 
Stairway to Heaven, Freebird, anything by the Eagles...yeah you get the 
picture.  I think that I'll be sick if I have to hear any of those songs one 
more time.  My dad has been in a band off and on since I was very little and 
I've heard him play those songs one too many times cause some idiot at the 
gigs always has to request one of those songs.

Ok...on to what should be covered.  How bout something by the Rolling 
Stones.  While it may not be entirely creative, some of those songs have 
such great energy and the Oils being such a high energy band, I think it 
might work out ok...I suppose that it might be too cliched though.  
Something like Sister Morphine by the Stones might be cool though...or how 
bout Gimme Shelter (I'll volunteer to sing the Grace Slick part!!!! :-D )   
Another thing that I've always loved about the Oils is their harmonies so 
maybe if they wanted to get really really creative and test their vocals 
they could go for something by Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Don't know how it'd 
sound, but it could be interesting.  I guess if they picked one of CSN's 
songs that has enough edge to it it could be really cool.  It would also be 
cool to hear them do some more bluesy stuff...maybe some Clapton, Hendrix or 
Stevie Ray Vaughan.  While none of these songs from any of the artists I 
mentioned would really be much in the style of the Oils, I think that it 
could be really cool and interesting to hear them try and tackle any of 
these.  Ok...those are just my ideas.


'Put down that weapon or we'll all be gone,
I must know something to know it's so wrong'
                    -Midnight Oil

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Beth Curran" <bcurran@columbus.rr.com>
To: <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
Subject: [Powderworks] Cover songs
Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 17:57:38 -0400

I've enjoyed the recent "who else are you listening to" thread.  I tell
you what, it's reminded me of a whole lot of good music I've somehow
forgotten about.hi ho, hi ho, it's off to the used CD store I go.
So how about this.  Propose 3 songs:  One the Oils should have covered,
one you'd like to see the Remainders cover (the name's sticking, isn't
it?) and one none of them should ever, ever cover under any
circumstances whatsoever (limited to popular music, of course, no opera
or anything flaky like that).

Here's mine:
For the first, "Every Generation Got its Own Disease," from Fury in the
Slaughterhouse.  I just adore painful music, but their lead singer is
too detached, he doesn't do this great song justice - imagine what
emotional excesses Pete could have wrung out of this one!  Complete and
utter misery!  Grab the Kleenex!
For the second, I'm going out on a limb here and guessing that JM is of
Irish heritage, so I'd propose the great Waterboys' classic "Fisherman's
Blues."  The vocal range is perfect for Bones and Rob & the bouncy beat
irresistible.  Strictly speaking, they'd need a fiddle player, but what
the hell, maybe Jim could just use a synth instead.

And for the last, let's go with a recent anti-classic:  "Who Will Save
Your Soul" by Jewel.  If I hear that sappy song one more time I'm gonna
puke.  They played it about every 10 minutes on the local alt station
Excuse me - Beth

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