LOS DESTELLOS: LA BAMBA’S TRAVELS

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Los Destellos: La Bamba (Odeon, 1976, Ojos Azules)

Just so you can follow…a Mexican American song, influenced by the musical traditions of Veracruz, Mexico, gets covered by a Peruvian surf rock band. I like that.

365 Days of Soul, #116

SPONTAENOUS COMBUSTION: START TO CRY

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Spontaneous Combustion: Walk On By (Rod, 196?, 7″)

Psych/garage cover of Dionne Warwick.

I’m pretty sure this is not the same Spontaneous Combustion that did this song but beyond that, I can’t track down any info about these guys (they may be from Iowa). Cool Chris played this at a gig and it stuck with me given my obsession with cover songs. A very cool one at that.

365 Days of Soul, #71

BADBADNOTGOOD: FEISTY

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BADBADNOTGOOD: Limit To Your Love (Self-released, 2012, BBNG2)

Pop and hip-hop influenced jazz album.

I was ready to move onto something else but I love that this is a cover (James Blake) of a cover (Feist).1

365 Days of Soul, #67

You can tell they’re riffing off the Blake version given how the signature piano chords begin both songs, unlike on the Feist original. ↩

JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ: HE’S THE MAN

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Jose Luis Rodriguez: El Hombre De La Cima (Top Hits, 1980, 7″)

Venezuelan rock single.

I can’t quite figure out if this is a cover of an Edgar Alexander song or of Alexander first wrote it for Rodriguez. Either way, I’m all about these kinds of unexpectedly funky tracks from the late ’70s and early ’80s since they take the borderline cheesiness of rock production in that era but marry it with some slick rhythm section. It’s a good combination.

365 Days of Soul, #65

ROBERTO JORDAN: COMO UNA PIEDRA RODANTE

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Roberto Jordan: Juntos Esta Noche (Let’s Spend the Night Together) (Cariño, 1969, Hazme Una Señal (Cariño, 1968)

Mexican album of mostly American/British pop song covers.

What can I say? I’m a total sucker for these kinds of albums, where American pop songs get covered by non-English singers. Doesn’t hurt that it’s also a cover of a great Rolling Stone track.

365 Days of Soul, #36