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The Most Necessary Cover Song In History

[ 42 ] December 8, 2012 |

Doc Severinsen does King Crimson’s “In the Court of the Crimson King.” From 1970.

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  1. cb says:

    Amazing. I knew you guys ran a tip top blog, but I somehow missed the prog love.

  2. greylocks says:

    Sumbitch is 85 and still touring.

  3. Reasonable 4ce says:

    OT, but RIP John Lennon.

  4. Lige says:

    Arlington, Oregon’s favorite son.

    • Erik Loomis says:

      The last time I was in Arlington, I looked around for some kind of Doc sign, but there doesn’t seem to be anything.

      Of course, even Willie Nelson’s hometown doesn’t have anything about him in a public place.

      • Keaaukane says:

        What brought you to Arlington? I lived in OR for decades, and still had to wiki it the find out where it was.

        • Erik Loomis says:

          I know Oregon like the back of my hand. Plus it’s not even out of the way, being right on I-84.

          • Anonymous says:

            I saw it is on I-84, so I must have driven by it on trips to Pendleton and Idaho. It just didn’t stick. Now, if the city fathers would put up a Doc Severinsen monument there would have been a chance I’d visit their fair city. especially if I needed gas, beer or a bathroom break…

      • lige says:

        There used to be a sign advertising the annual “Doc Severinson Dixieland Jazz Festival” I wonder if that is still going on?

  5. luko says:

    Wow how did I ever miss that?

  6. Jon H says:

    Now the Sherman Hemsley thing makes more sense.

  7. Kurzleg says:

    OT, but I thought use of this tune – if not this particular version – was inspired in “Children of Men”.

  8. BlogWood says:

    Fucking awesome! Perfect complement to this evening’s film “Woman Times Seven” (which has a surprising number of casual union references!)

  9. Scott Lemieux says:

    But where’s his cover of “Thela Hun Ginjeet”?

  10. Dennis Brennan says:

    A bit surprised: one is either Greg Lake, or one is not. Additionally, the Big Keyboard era ended, what, forty years ago?

  11. Leeds man says:

    Bloody good.

  12. joel hanes says:

    only on vinyl, apparently

  13. LeeEsq says:

    Does anybody else think the concept of cover song is kind of silly? The entire idea of a song belonging to a particular artist is a relatively recent. Before then nearly every song was recorded multiple times by different artists in different styles.

    • Xof says:

      It’s appropriate when there is a version of the work that can be considered canonical, and it’s hard to think of a song more associated with its originators than this.

      • joel hanes says:

        it’s hard to think of a song more associated with its originators than this

        maybe “Mnaa Mnaa” with the Muppets …

        • MR Bill says:

          “Mahna Mahna,” originally titled “Mah-Na Mah-Na,” was written by composer Piero Umiliani for an Italian documentary about life in Sweden, titled Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso (Sweden, Heaven and Hell). It is a nonsense song that achieved widespread fame as a classic Muppet sketch.”

  14. pete says:

    Well, thank you. Anything else I might say would be frippery.

  15. Kyle Huckins says:

    That’s some weird wild stuff.

  16. parsimon says:

    Oh beautiful. Thanks.

  17. Michael Sullivan says:

    Holy shit, I had no freaking idea.

    I clicked on this, thinking “OK, OK, I know KC got a bit over in love with the sound of their own music, but it was the 60s dammit, everybody was doing that shit” and just having to see what kind of mockery Doc came up with.

    But goddamn if that band didn’t just nail the whole thing.

    Now I want to hear the other covers on that LP. And I want that album.

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