Thursday, January 27, 2011

Nobody LIkes a Wiseguy

But in the case of The Dickies take on you know who's usually lugubrious "Nights in White Satin" I'm willing to make an exception.

No particular reason for posting this, except it came up on my iPod shuffle the other day and I wound up laughing out loud on the bus to Jersey. Got some odd looks, actually.

Incidentally, when this originally came out in 1979 it sounded a lot nastier and a lot more radical, at least to my ex-hippie ears. Now it barely even registers as a parody; in fact, it just seems like an imaginatively energetic cover version.

You know -- like rock 'n' roll.

UPDATE: I didn't know the Dickies had covered one of the founding texts of power pop -- The Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina" -- in 1995.

And I certainly didn't expect it to be as good as it is. Seriously -- it's not on the same level of gorgeousness as the original, but as you can hear they play it straight and it rocks.

The things you can learn if you have a little time on your hands and a fast internet connection...