This is one of those posts that was not in any way planned but occurred somewhat serendipitously. I was driving around and heard the first tune and thought, hmm, I should do a post where artists cover other artists. Then, weirdly, I came home got a newsletter or saw an article with the second tune, also a Springsteen cover. So I thought, well ok, that’s it.
What can one say about Neil Young other than that he is, like Bruce, quintessentially his own man. He did “Born in the USA” at a MusicCares tribute to El Bosso from a few years back.
If there is in fact any difference between Bruce and Neil it is most definitely this – Neil was not born in the USA but from some great Northern frozen tundra where it’s always cold but the people (except for hockey players) are very nice.
Nancy Wilson is the guitar-slingin’ sister of the duo in Heart, a band I have not yet gotten around to writing about. She takes on “The Rising,” Springsteen’s tune about the 9/11 attacks. (My God, has it been twenty years already?) This is from her new solo album, You and Me:
There are probably a million versions of “Fire.” But I’ve always dug the Pointer Sisters as a band. And they were the first (only?) ones to have a hit with it back in 1978 AD. (If you’ve never heard their debut album, drop everything.)
Now there’s trouble busin’ in from outta state
And the D.A. can’t get no relief
Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade
And the gamblin’ commissions hangin’ on by the skin of its teeth
Everything dies baby that’s a fact
Maybe everything that dies someday comes back
Put your makeup on fix your hair up pretty
And meet me tonight in Atlantic City
You haven’t heard “Atlantic City” till you’ve heard the Band do it. Levon’s voice is so fucking lived-in that it gives it that feel that the song requires. Bruce would love the accordion nnd mandolin. This is post-Robbie Robertson stuff from Jericho:
Let us finish up this Bruce-o-Rama with Rage Against the Machine showing some wrath in “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” Welcome to the new world order: