The CoverMe website has collected together some amazing cover versions over the years.
They also put together whole-album covers selections from time-to-time, and their latest is a compilation of covers of the classic John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album from 1970, from where this rare Bowie cover is taken.
(Photograph of Bowie and Lennon, with Yoko and Simon & Garfunkel is from the 1975 Grammys award ceremony)
Oh, and by the way - message to Cee-Lo Green: John’s song ‘God’ (as covered by Meshell Ndegeocello here) is pretty clear on the matter:
“When midnight mists are creeping, And all the land is sleeping, Around me tread the mighty dead, And slowly pass away. Lo, warriors, saints, and sages, From out the vanished ages, With solemn pace and reverend face Appear and pass away. The blaze of noonday splendour, The…
"Mornings here are quiet. Everyone else is nocturnal so I get up at noon and have the whole place to myself. This morning is the same as last. Wine (Nero D’Avola from Sicily), a warm, sunny day, and pomegranate tea. The farmhouse is wrecked from last night but I’m cleaning up.
There’s a special kind of satisfaction you get from being awake while the rest of your world is asleep. Going about the day’s chores. Being quiet. Thinking hard about a whole year behind—and a whole year ahead. Last year was shit but a lot happened—a lot of roaming around the world and a lot of seeing good friends and a lot of what matters most, life, living. I have big plans for this year. I hope you do too. I feel like last year a lot of very smart people wasted their lives doing a lot of lazy, frivolous shit. So my resolution: I’m not going to do anything frivolous. I’m not going to be lazy or take the easy way out in the name of instant gratification. What I’m going to do is work and I’m going to work harder than I ever have to make my dreams come true.
Last in the Tim Hardin (b 1941, d 29 Dec 1980) postings… this one steeped in his beautifully-flawed 1970s pop-soul gravitas
Tim Hardin - Never too far
(from the album ‘Nine’)
Q. Legend has it that Dylan once said you were the greatest song writer of our time when that album (Tim Hardin 1) came out.
Tim Hardin: Yea, I played him part of the album one night and he started flipping out… he got down on his knees in front of me and said: Don’t change your singing style…
The photograph below (by Joel Davis) is probably the last taken of Tim at a homecoming concert in Eugene, Oregon in 1980. He looks somewhat raggity but happy.
He never managed to get clean from drugs tho, despite the claims in his final interview, republished here (scroll down the page). Interviews with Tim of any kind are extremely rare, so despite the obvious caginess (and the stupid introductory “Before there was Dylan…” line) this one is still fascinating, but not easy reading.
I will be doing my best impersonation of a late-bearded Tim at the Horse & Groom tonight, along with a few Tim-loving friends. SHould be fun.
Thirty Pounds of Bone - You can’t break up at Christmas (so let’s get it over with)
This song’s a wonderful riposte to the usual Christmas cheer. Johnny 30LOB played it to close his set at the Westhill charity all-dayer recently and it went down a storm. Can’t be doing with all these endless tidings of comfort and joy myself…