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Out of the Vault:  Interesting Cover Choices # 2– January 19, 2003

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Ke$ha -  – DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALL RIGHT – "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962, and released on the 1963 album The Freewheelin' Bob DylanKesha Rose Sebert (born March 1, 1987), known mononymously as Kesha stylized as Ke$ha), is an American singer-songwriter and rapper. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and publishing company. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on rapper Flo Rida's number-one single, "Right Round." Her debut album, Animal and her first extended play, Cannibal, were released in 2010. Kesha's irreverent music and image propelled her to immediate commercial success, with Animal debuting as the number-one album in the US. She also achieved two number-one singles, "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R", and a string of top ten hits from the album and its re-release. At the same time, she continued to write songs for other artists, including "Till the World Ends" for pop singer Britney Spears. Warrior, her second studio album released in December 2012, spawned Kesha's eighth top-ten hit with "Die Young".  Taken from the 2012 Bob Dylan tribute CD:  “Chimes of Freedom”. 

Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman – DREAMING – "Dreaming" is a song by the punk/New Wave band Blondie. Released in 1979, it was the lead single from their fourth album Eat to the Beat. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from genres including bluegrass, rock, jazz, classical, Afrobeat, samba and Balkan folk, yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment.  Taken from their CD “Gold Rush Goddess”, 2012.

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The Allman Brothers Band – THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is a song by The Band, recorded in 1969 and released on their self-titled second album. The song was written by Robbie Robertson with Levon Helm. The lyrics tell of the last days of the American Civil War and the suffering of the South.  The Allman Brothers Band is a rock/blues band, formed in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, organ, songwriting), plus Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums).  While the band has been called the principal architects of Southern rock, they also incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.   Taken from “Endless Highway – The Music of the Band”, 2007, released on the 30th Anniverary of "The Last Waltz".

Arizona Amp And Alternator – THE LOW SPARK OF HIGH HEELED BOYS - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys is the sixth album by English rock band Traffic, released in 1971. As with other Traffic albums, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys featured different forms and offshoots of rock including jazz rock, progressive rock, as well as classic rock and roll. The album features the hit "Rock & Roll Stew (part 1)" and the FM hit, "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys." This is the only original Traffic album to feature two lead vocals by Jim Capaldi ("Light Up Or Leave Me Alone" and "Rock & Roll Stew"). His only other unaccompanied vocal on a Traffic studio album was "Dealer" from Mr. Fantasy.  Arizona Amp And Alternator (AAAA) is a side project of Howe Gelb of Giant Sand with a self-titled album that was released in 2005 and where Gelb is joined by M. Ward, the members of Grandaddy and Jeremy Gara of The Arcade Fire among others.  Taken from their self-titled CD, 2005.

Sum 41 – KILLER QUEEN - "Killer Queen" is a song by British rock band Queen. Written by pianist and lead singer Freddie Mercury, it was featured on their 1974 album Sheer Heart AttackSum 41 is a Canadian punk rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada.  The band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of members Deryck Whibley (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Tom Thacker (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jason McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Steve Jocz (drums). The band has sold over 10 million records worldwide.  Taken from: “Killer Queen:  A Tribute to Queen”, 2005.

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Elvis Costello – YOU’RE NO GOOD – "You're No Good" is a classic song written by Clint Ballard, Jr., which first charted for Betty Everett in 1963. It was also a #1 hit in 1975 for Linda Ronstadt.  Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus, 25 August 1954) is an English singer-songwriter who began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British Punk/New Wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s.  His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1976. Steeped in word play, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image".  Taken from his “Let Him Dangle “ CD Single, 1989.

Gipsy Kings – HOTEL CALIFORNIA – "Hotel California" is the title song from the Eagles' album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. It is one of the best-known songs of the album-oriented rock era. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh. The song has been given several interpretations by fans and critics alike, but the Eagles have described it as their "interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles". The Gipsy Kings are a group of musicians from Arles and Montpellier who perform in Spanish with an Andalusian accent. Although group members were born in France, their parents were mostly gitanos, Spanish Romani people who fled Catalonia during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. They are known for bringing rumba catalana, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences. Taken from the release “Rubaiyat:  Elektra’s 40th Anniversary”, 1990.

Robert Plant – IF I WERE A CARPENTER – "If I Were a Carpenter" is a song written by Tim Hardin. Hardin's recording appeared on his 1967 album Tim Hardin 2. It was a Top Ten hit for Bobby Darin in 1966, reaching number 8 in the US.  Robert Anthony Plant CBE (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. He has also had a successful solo career. Plant's 2007 album Raising Sand, which he co-wrote with Alison Krauss, won the 2009 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Plant is regarded as one of the most significant singers in the history of rock music, and has influenced contemporaries and later singers such as Freddie Mercury, Axl Rose and Chris Cornell.  In 2006, heavy metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time". In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 15 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011, readers of the same magazine placed Plant in first place of the magazine's list of the best lead singers of all time.  Taken from his 1993 solo CD, “Fate of Nations.

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The Pretenders – LITTLE LATIN LUPE LU – "Little Latin Lupe Lu" was written by Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, who had a chart record with the song in 1963.  Reminiscing about the song, Medley stated that in high school he dated a Lupe Laguna.  The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England in March 1978. The original band comprised initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). The band has experienced drug-related deaths of the members, and numerous subsequent personnel changes have taken place over the years, with Hynde and Chambers as the remaining original members.  Unreleased live version, date unknown.

Graham Parker – I WANT YOU BACK – "I Want You Back" is a 1969 song; the debut major-label single for The Jackson 5 which became a number-one hit for the band and the Motown label in early 1970. Graham Parker (born 18 November 1950, London, England) is a British rock singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the popular British band Graham Parker & the Rumour.  Thaken from “The Graham Parker Anthology:  Passion is no ordinary Word”, 1993.

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Sugarcubes – MOTORCYCLE MAMA -  Originally recorded by Sailcat, a short-lived American rock and roll band. They were a one-hit wonder who scored a hit single in the summer of 1972 with the song "Motorcycle Mama".  On the 1990 compilation album Rubáiyát the song is covered by The Sugarcubes featuring BjörkThe Sugarcubes (Sykurmolarnir in Icelandic) were an Icelandic alternative rock band formed in 1986 and disbanded in 1992.