Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Not All That Glitters Is Gold
In the days of my youth it was not uncommon to find me in a pub of an evening in the company of a group of friends. Our choice of pub was either guided by the brew of beer they served and whether they had live music or not, so apart from the many real gigs I have attended I have probably put up with an equal amount of bar bands, often dishing up a set of finely chosen cover versions of differing quality, enough to turn you to drink! In the mid seventies just about every bar band would play either 'Smoke On The Water' or 'Stairway To Heaven' some were even bold enough to torture us with both songs, in this case we just drank even more! If you can believe your luck some twisted person at WFMU has compiled 64 versions of the Led Zeppelin torch song which are up for grabs as high quality mp3 files , go on treat yourself there really is something here for all the family from Dolly Parton (yes that Dolly Parton) to the wonderfully over the top Leningrad Cowboys complete with what sounds like a Red Army Choir in tow. If anybody knows of a similar exercise for 'Smoke On The Water' I'd be interested !!!!!!!!!!!!!!