What Can I Say?

This post is guaranteed to put a bustle in your hedgerow.

This post is guaranteed to put a bustle in your hedgerow.

Last week we whet your appetite with the first song in my epic Top 30 Cover Songs countdown, and you just couldn’t wait for next Monday to get here to find out what the next unoriginal original was in my Hall of Awesomeness!  Well, my homeponeh and her two gangstacorns are ready to put the needle on another broken record, so hang on to your backwards ballcaps, because here it comes!

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#29. “Hey Hey What Can I Do” – Hootie and the Blowfish

Led Zeppelin were the ultimate underground superstars of the 70’s, rocking out the early days of FM radio with no static at all.  They were part crazy ass drummer, part screeching guitar, part wailing singer and part American naval hero, with a pinch of LSD for good measure.  What’s not to like, right?

The stoner astrologers would agree with this sentiment... if they weren't about three parallel universes away from reality right now.

The stoner astrologers would agree with this sentiment… if they weren’t about three parallel universes away from reality right now.

Led Zep is a’ight… don’t get me wrong.  But they easily take the honor of being the most overrated band of the 70’s in my opinion.  A lot of their music was just too “out there” for me, and it never helps when you come up with song titles while you’re so fucking blasted out of your mind, that you can’t even find words that actually appear in the damn song!  I know a handful of LZ songs by sound, but I couldn’t tell you what most of them are actually supposed to be called…

Hey hey mama!

Hey hey mama!

So who better than my hands down pick for the worst band of the 1990’s to take a song from overrated rock legends and actually make it the only song of theirs I like…

Thanks for the nod, Evil Squirrel's Nest!  Maybe Sam Smith could help us carry a few of these things...

Thanks for the nod, Evil Squirrel’s Nest! Maybe Sam Smith could help us carry a few of these things…

In 1995, Atlantic Records put together a tribute to Led Zeppelin’s music called “Econium” that featured covers of LZ songs from various acts that were big in the 90’s (Oh, and Duran Duran… go figure).  Darius Rucker and the boys did well in sprucing up “Hey Hey What Can I Do”…

These two groups are like a match made in musical purgatory.  The comparisons between Led Zeppelin and Hootie & the Blowfish don’t just end with endless adoration that was wrongfully poured over both groups… they also each featured a lead singer who found solo success waaaaaaaay out of their original element…

This is what you'll find at the top of the stairway to heaven.

This is what you’ll find at the top of the stairway to heaven.

Robert Plant spent his post-Zeppelin days hanging out with creepshows like Speedo Man and unknown bluegrass singers like Alison Krauss, pumping out music so goddamn awful that you couldn’t help but appreciate his underwhelming work with Led Zepeplin even more.

Meanwhile, Darius Rucker left genero rock in his cracked rear view, thumbed a ride to Nashville and turned into the black Vanilla Ice….

Yeehaw.

Yeehaw.

Though unlike Robert Plant, I actually think Rucker did himself a favor switching genres.

So… feel free to wail away at my choice for #29!  And if I haven’t offended your musical tastes just yet…. well, there’s always song #28 next Monday!  See ya then!

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Hay, hay is for unicorns!

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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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17 Responses to What Can I Say?

  1. that were the guys who made Bob Dylan angry, right? think it was about a song ?

    • Yep, Hootie & the Suckfish used a rather extended sample of his lyrics from “Idiot Wind” in their song “I Only Wanna Be With You.” I honestly had never heard of the Dylan song before… though I’m not well versed on Mr. Zimmerman. I felt sorry for neither wronged party in this dispute…

  2. NotAPunkRocker says:

    OH, I get it now! This series is satire!

    I feel better now 🙂

    • It would be funny to intentionally come up with a positive list of music that everybody hates. But seems like even the worst songs have their fan(s)…

      I knew you’d enjoy the countdown, though! I love making people laugh… 😉

  3. draliman says:

    Those gangstacorns are the shizz!

  4. Isn’t his voice to die for. I’m trying to rack my brain and think of what Hootie and the Blowfish track I know……brb…….back, probably Hold My Hand. I like them, but, to me they seem a little repetitive. This song is not so bad though so good choice lol

    • LOL…. just a little repetitive? You’ve heard one Hootie song, you’ve heard them all. Probably the only reason I like this one is because it’s a cover and kinda forced them out of their comfort zone…

  5. Wow. Hootie and the Blowfish. Wow.

  6. fanrosa says:

    I never thought about so many Zep songs with titles that aren’t in the song (I think Dylan is the master of that). But my fave song of theirs is D’yer Mak’er, so I guess I’m with you on that….ha!

    • I’ve complained about it before in LS. When elwood did the all LZ game, I knew what half the songs were… but still missed most of them because I had no idea what they were called. Robert Plant and Bob Dylan were in cahoots to sabotage me in lyrics games…

  7. squeeee! Straight out of Melbourne YES!!! Home of ? gangstacorn????? 😀

  8. markbialczak says:

    The Dylan line that Darius stole said, “They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy. I can’t help it if I’m lucky.” Don’t you gotta be a genius to rhyme say and Gray and It-a-lay? I liked to sing that line both versions, anyway, Bill.

    So, I am very squirmy, you dumping on Led Zep. Generational thing. College in the 70s. Dorm rooms. Black lights. Bongs. “Black Dog.” Ya know? So I vote for the original over Darius and gang’s OK cover of “Hey Hey.”

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