It’s the day only a fat, lasagna eating, orange unemployed cat could possibly hate… good old Monday morning! And at The Nest, you know what that means. DJ Scratchy and her two little record fetching Sponkies are ready to press Play on the next exciting song in our Top 30 Cover Songs of All Time Countdown! We’re in the upper echelon of cover song greatness now, and your eardrums have to just be quivering with anticipation over finally getting to hear what lucky song number seven is going to be! Let the muzak play!
#7. “People Are Strange” – Echo & the Bunnymen
The Doors were one of, if not perhaps THE predominant American rock band of the late 60’s. They broke on through not only with a series of multi platinum albums, but with a little help from their audacious frontman Jim Morrison, whose wild antics gained the band a lot of publicity, including the distinction of being banned from The Ed Sullivan Show. Before Jim reached The End in a Paris bathtub in 1971, he and his bandmates contributed a bunch of classic songs to rock and roll history, including the rather haunting number “People Are Strange.” Not the greatest Doors song in my book, but at least unlike a lot of other music of the era, you didn’t have to be stoned out of your gourd to appreciate it.
Echo & the Bunnymen were a British rock/new wave act who just never caught on here in the States, at least in the mainstream. They’re probably best known in the Western Hemisphere for singing a song about one of our favorite bloggers, and for covering a Doors song on the soundtrack to one of the half a million horror movies that came out in the 80’s… and that would of course be their version of “People Are Strange” which appeared in the 1987 vampire flick “The Lost Boys.”
If you’d rather see the official music video with lots of classic movie montage footage, but overdubbed dialogue and cheesy sound effects ruining the ambiance, have at it!
One of the things that makes the Echo & the Bunnymen version so much superior to me is the awesome keyboard work, especially during the synth-driven intermezzo. And what do you know… the synthesized ivories in the Echo version are being tickled by none other than Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist for The Doors, who also produced the cover for the band. Not quite the hijacking job Steven Tyler did of Run DMC’s cover of “Walk This Way,” but there was still a touch of the original in the remake.
Well, The Nest has pretty much insulted just about every fabled act in rock and roll history so far in this countdown. Don’t worry, though… there’s still more legends out there for us to knock off their pedestal in the final six weeks of cover song madness! Tune in next Monday to see what Hall of Famers get blasphemed by our number six entry!