Cover Me

There are only six blogs separating The Nest from Kevin Bacon.

There are only six blogs separating The Nest from Kevin Bacon.

meccamuzakmondaysIt’s time to start your week off on the right paw hoof foot, and me and DJ Scratchy are here as always to ensure that happens with another sick groove from the CD that’s straight outta Bentonville on Mecca Muzak Monday.  Today we’re going to present a song that copied off someone else’s paper, but rather than get an F for plagiarism, it instead gets an A+ for earning both Mecca’s and The Nest’s official Listening Pleasure Seal of Approval.

Translation:  Get ready... the squirrel's about ready to feed us another shitty piece of music.

Translation: Get ready… the squirrel’s about ready to feed us another shitty piece of music.

There probably isn’t a more unoriginal artistic genre out there than the music industry.  Whether it be sampling, borrowing chord progressions, or just outright doing a song someone else had already recorded before you… it’s always easier to become rich and famous by piggybacking off of someone else’s hard work.  Music history is rife with covers of songs originally performed by other artists… some of which have achieved popular and chart success that their predecessor didn’t.  These are generally not the covers that interest me too much…

With a few notable exceptions...

With a few notable exceptions…

I’m more of a fan of the covers of songs where the original was extremely popular and/or revered as a classic.  Give me Devo’s version of “Satisfaction” over The Stones any day.  Pseudo Echo (Fair dinkum!) took us to a Funkytown that was 100 times better than where Lipps Inc. wanted to go.  And honestly, almost anyone’s version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is preferable to me than Nirvana’s…. even Paul Anka’s!!!!

Hey, hey, Courtney!

Hey, hey, Courtney!

The likelihood that I’ll favor a way different cover version of an iconic song that I think is just “meh” is something I call the Tori Amos Rule… named after the fact that I first realized this tendency after I first heard her version of the aforementioned Nirvana song.  People think I’m nuts for dissing the classic in favor of some lesser known, often extremely redone version of the same song… but that’s just how I roll.  And I’d like to thank the Mecca mixmasters for introducing me to another song that fits the Tori Amos Rule to a T…

I know how to make the ending credits sound totally awesome.

I know how to make the ending credits sound totally awesome.

In the 80’s, Kenny Loggins was the go-to songwriter for Hollywood.  He wrote chart-topping songs for both “Caddyshack” movies, “Top Gun”, and of course the 1984 dancing movie “Footloose.”  Footloose is a bonafide 80’s anthem that I think is OK, but it never really was one of my favorites.  Last summer, Mecca showed me just what that song needed to make me love it….

What else?  My least favorite genre of music, that's what!

What else? My least favorite genre of music, that’s what!

Like every other movie that was ever put on film, “Footloose” was remade for a new generation in 2011.  Since the new version had a country theme to it, they asked Nashville star Blake Shelton to cover Kenny Loggins’ legendary theme song for the movie… and despite the fact that the song barely even cracked the country charts, Mecca picked it up for the Summer 2013 CD…

I can’t listen to Loggins’ version of the song anymore without thinking “Footloose” was MEANT to be a country song…

See!  Even Kevin Bacon agrees...

I can’t believe it’s not Kevin Bacon.

Well, there you go.  It’d been a while since I threw some country on the MMM turntable, so I thought it was time to get our twang on again.  But for those out there who dislike boot scootin’ music, just relax!  We’re only two weeks from taking MMM into the holiday season!  That’s right…. enjoy the contemporary stuff while you can, because somepony’s getting into the Christmas spirit….

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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13 Responses to Cover Me

  1. PigLove says:

    Snorts – mom saw and read about Footloose and then got this glazed far away look on her face. Houston – I think we may have a problem here at central control – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  2. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Why? Why do I fall for this every time? I come here looking for The Boss and I get country-pop?

    Argh!

  3. Great post ES! Pseudo Echo were such a fun band and I loved that rendition too. Tori Amos did a wonderful job on that song. Shane’s friends were in Footloose in the High School musical last year. They did a superb job of that song. Such talent and energy. ❤

  4. merbear74 says:

    Can I get some Sunday shoes at Mecca?

  5. OH NO … not the carols! Please, I beg of you …

    It snowed the other day. Just a little. A warning shot over our bow, so to speak. And you speak of holidays. I shudder to think …

    • Well, you know I am exposed to way more holiday music than the average person thanks to my job… and I do have a few favorites… however, like the regular songs I choose for MMM, these will also be rarer cuts… and (for the most part) by well known musicians. I can promise one thing… there will be no Feliz &#@*( Navidad!

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