Thursday, March 26, 2009


I know the Green Monkey music pipe is still sore from all the filth pumped through it for The Lenten Mix, but I wanted to get this new mix started because I am very excited about it.

Volume 17 of the Green Monkey Music Project is called COVER ME!, and if you guessed that this mix concerned covers, well, aren't you Mr./Ms. Smartypants.

Your selections should all be songs which are not the original versions, but are rather another artist's interpretation of the original. I want the cover of the song to be meaningful, or important, or special to you in some way that distinguishes it from the original, and I'm going to want you to explain the significance when you discuss your selections after the mix has been published.

There are five open slots for this mix. Each participant can pick six songs.

When you eventually submit your songs, please provide the song name, the artist performing the cover, as well as the artist of the original song.

I'm actually going to have a little fun with this mix, in that there will be two mixes -- the first "disc" will be the cover versions, and the second will contain the original versions of all the covers.

Oh, one more rule that I am going to have to enforce. You can't use Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah, as I'm just tired of hearing it.

Sign up for the mix by leaving a comment, kiddos.

Here are my choices:

Contact - Godzuki (Brigitte Bardot)
The Tide Is High - Blondie (The Paragons)
Speeding Motorcycle - Yo La Tengo (Daniel Johnston)
Superstar In France - Lambchop (East River Pipe)
Crazy - Violent Femmes (Gnarls Barkley)
American Woman - Butthole Surfers (The Guess Who)


We have our participants!

Randal G!
Bill T!

Welcome aboard!

When you decide on your selections, please leave them as a comment on this post in a format similar to mine.


Randal Graves said...

Explanations? Well, that sounds a bit too much like actual work, but alright, I'm in.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'm in if you'll have me.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Okay, here's my choices:
1) John Hait-Candy's Room (Bruce Springsteen)
2) Taj Mahal-The Bourgeois Blues (Leadbelly)
3) Ani DiFranco-Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie)
4) Warren Zevon-Back in the High Life Again (Steve Winwood)
5) Loretta Lynn-Act Naturally (Buck Owens)
6)Nanci Griffith-10 Degrees and Gettin' Colder (Gordon Lightfoot)

p0nk said...

ok i'm in. the explanations is going to be tough though.

Andy said...

Oh yes - please...

Bill Doze said...

Splotchy may I play? (even though you already took American Woman)?

Bill Doze said...

And what if the original is a traditional so that no one can lay claim to the official version, as in various hippie bands who covered "I know you rider" or the many fine versions of Schubert's Ave Maria?
Bill T

Splotchy said...

Bill, we'll cross that traditional bridge when we come to it. I'm sure we can work something out if you want to do an old-tyme tune.

p0nk said...


Andy said...

1. Ceremony - Galaxie 500 (Joy Division)
2. Blue Christmas - Low (Elvis)
3. Flaming Telepaths - Espers (Blue Oyster Cult)
4. Leaving Here - Motorhead (The Birds)
5. Cast a Shadow - Yo La Tengo (Beat Happening)
6. Indian Summer - Luna (Beat Happening)

Bill Doze said...

For the Easter season here is my list:

Gloria Patti Smith /loosely based on the single by Them
Were you there when they crucified my lord? Diamanda Galas / traditional but the Johnny Cash version stands out from the old timey recordings
Ave Maria (Schubert) covered by Nina Hagen / I’m partial to the straight version by Jesse Norman but there are probably dozens of “authentic” versions.

(I cant get no) Satisfaction cover by The Residents / rolling stones

MacArthur’s Park Donna Summer / original hit recording by Richard Harris

Walk on By cover by the Stranglers / original by Dionne Warwick

Splotchy said...

My golly, it's like the fastest GMMP mix in history. EXCEPT FOR THAT SLOWPOKE RANDAL. WHAT, YOU NEED MORE THAN 30 MINUTES, PAL?

Andy said...

Splotchy - can I just qualify that the version of Leaving Here by Motorhead has to be the live one off the Golden Years EP - the studio version from On Parole is actually pretty weak...

Splotchy said...

Andy, surely!

I will make a note of it.

The mix will realistically be published probably in a few days.

Thanks a lot for playing! I'm not surprised to see Indian Summer among your choices :).

Andy said...

Thanks. And Thanks for letting me play - even if I am a bit predictable!

Randal Graves said...

Jeez, I was gonna work up an entire post, but I'm not sure now - oh, who am I kidding, I don't do work at work. Here ya go:

Metallica, The Small Hours (Holocaust)
Mott the Hoople, Sweet Jane (Velvet Underground)
Celtic Frost, Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo)
The White Stripes, Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson)
Faith No More, Easy (Lionel Richie)

Splotchy said...

Randal, you can do 5 songs if you like, but you do have the option of doing one more if you like.

Splotchy said...

I used "if you like" twice in previous comment. Sorry.

Bill Doze said...

Look for attachments in your inbox from "denabill"
If they're corrupt I'll figure out how to use the internet.