October 3, 2007 Playlist
Songs NOT performed by the original artist
"Anywhere" by Flower Travellin' Band (1970)
Flower Travellin' Band  "Anywhere"  1970 (Japan)
Since this week's show features cover songs, for the CAOTW I have chosen one of the most radical and bizarre cover albums of all time.  Flower Travellin' Band was conceived as Japan's answer to the heavy rock of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, and like many Japanese groups of their day (and groups from the non-English speaking world in general) they began their musical career by covering popular Anglo-American songs.  But just because they do familiar tunes like "House of the Rising Sun", King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man", Muddy Waters' "Louisiana Blues" and Black Sabbath's titular song, don't think you've heard anything like this before!  For example, the rhythms and vocals of "Black Sabbath" are all bent out of shape (like "free jazz" only with metal!), they make the chord progression to "Rising Sun" significantly more complicated than the popular version,  and their version of "Blues" is so far removed from the delta tradition that it's often mistaken for an original composition.  Plus, they're butt nekked on motorcycles on the album cover, and their singer "Joe" had a rainbow colored afro!  FTB released three more albums under their own name, and in recent years their work has been rediscovered by heavy music fans around the globe.  (Julian Cope borrowed the cover art from this record for the cover of his recently published Japrocksampler book.)
YouTube clip with 70's footage of Flower Travellin' Band
A more recent clip of Joe Yamanaka singing an old FTB classic
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song (original artist) Album Year (label) Country
The Litter For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield) Emerge 1969 USA
Al Kooper with Stephen Stills Season Of The Witch (Donovan) Bloomfield / Kooper / Stills Super Session (R) 1968 USA
Senor Coconut Autobahn (Kraftwerk) El Baile Aleman 2000 Germany/Chile
The Israelites Come Together (The Beatles) Mellow Submarine: A Reggae Tribute To The Beatles (Various Artists) c.  1970? Jamaica
Claudine Longet Here There And Everywhere (The Beatles) Claudine 1967 France/USA
Nancy Sinatra Run For Your Life (The Beatles) Boots 1966 USA
Beatallica Everybody's Got A Ticket To Ride Except For Me And My Lightning (The Beatles & Metallica) A Garage Dayz Nite 2001 USA
Beatallica . . . And Justice For All My Loving (The Beatles & Metallica) A Garage Dayz Nite 2001 USA
Sebadoh Yellow Submarine (The Beatles) The Freed Man (reissue / compilation) rec. 1980's (2007 Domino) USA
Lord Sitar Blue Jay Way (The Beatles) Lord Sitar 1968 UK
Okko A Day In The Life (The Beatles) Sitar & Electronics 1971 Netherlands
Ananda Shankar Light My Fire (The Doors) Ananda Shankar 1970 India
The Moog Cookbook Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf) Ye Olde Space Band Plays Classic Rock Hits 1997 USA
Mrs. Miller Green Tambourine (The Lemon Pipers) Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing 1969 USA
Tom Jones Venus (Shocking Blue) Tom 1970 UK (Wales)
William Shatner with Joe Jackson Common People (Pulp) Has Been 2004 Canada/UK
The Golden Cups Hey Joe (based on Love version) Cult GS Box Vol. 5 c. 1968 Japan
The Wild Ones Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream) Cult GS Box Vol. 5 c. 1968 Japan
Chico Magnetic Band Crosstown Traffic (Jimi Hendrix) Chico Magnetic Band 1970 Algeria/France
Aguaturbia Carmesi y Trebol (Crimson & Clover)
(Tommy James & The Shondells)
Psychedelic Drugstore 1970 Chile
Flower Travellin' Band The House Of The Rising Sun (trad. / The Animals) Anywhere
1970 Japan
Yes America (Simon & Garfunkel) Yesterdays 1972 UK
Killdozer American Pie (Don McLean) For Ladies Only 1988 USA
Butthole Surfers American Woman (The Guess Who) Rembrandt Pussyhorse 1986 USA
Melvins Youth Of America (The Wipers) Electroretard 2001 USA
Husker Du Love Is All Around (The Mary Tyler Moore Show Theme) (Sonny Curtis) B-side of Makes No Sense At All 7" single 1985 USA
The Replacements Mr. Whirly (ripped off from several famous songs) Hootenanny 1983 USA
Cows You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker) Amphetamine Reptile Peel Sessions 1992 USA
Minutemen Ain't Talkin' Bout Love (Van Halen) Double Nickels On The Dime 1984 USA
Dinosaur jr Show Me The Way (Peter Frampton) Fossils EP rec. 1988 USA
Meat Puppets Everybody's Talkin' (Nilsson) Meat Puppets (bonus track on CD reissue) rec. 1981 USA
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