Hm. Just occurred to me that this and the previous post have very similar titles even though they’re about very different thangs. Ah well.
So New Left o’ the Dialian Lickona throws down thusly:
I’d like to hear your take on U2 covers you think are great.
Well, as mentioned in the other post, I think their cover of “Helter Skelter” is nearly great whilst simultaneously managing to be almost unlistenable. (Thank you, Bono!) And while it seems folly for anyone to cover “All Along the Watchtower” post-Jimi, I think their version is mighty nice, bad hats and all.
But you want great? I have a hard and fast rule against Christmas songs any time other than in December, but for you I shall break it. U2’s cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” matches even the Darlene Love/Phil Spector combo, something I’d have thought nigh ‘pon impossible:
whilst their version of Woody Guthrie’s “Jesus Christ” is simply transcendent. I wish the entire thing was on YouTube, but alas, at least you can hear tantalizing bits of here:
And no one has ever accused the band of lacking audacity. Which explains the cojones needed to tackle one of Elvis’s most famousest tunes…and doing a swell job despite Bono not having the pipes of The King, leading him to need to take some lines down an octave…and then going up into falsetto. All while dressed in semi-drag.
That’s rock and roll, baby.