Psycho (Covered)

by wjw on May 31, 2017

Here’s another addition to this week’s series of unlikely cover songs.

This is by the Bobs, who also recorded a lot of original material, for all that there’s nothing on Youtube but the cover songs.

(Note: the Bobs are difficult to track down even with Google, which would rather reveal Bob’s Burgers (the New Mexico chain), Bob’s Burgers (the cartoon), the rapper B.o.B., Bob’s Discount Furniture, Bob’s Stores, Bob’s Red Mill, Bob Gear, Bob Marley, Bob Goff, and Bob Evans.  The singing group should have called themselves the Aloysiuses— no competition there!)


TRX June 2, 2017 at 6:29 am

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You have seen the Leningrad Cowboys’ cover of “Sweet Home Alabama”, right?

They’re a Finnish cover band. They were originally actors in a movie called “Leningrad Cowboys Go America”, which was about a *Soviet* band that went to America… after the collapse of the USSR, the Cowboys hired the Red Army as their backup band.

The clip on YouTube is from their big concert in Helsinki, with the Alexandrov Ensemble *jammin’* to Lynyrd Skynyrd. I guess they were happy to be paid in hard Western currency instead of IOUs and obsolete military equipment…

There’s another clip of them playing in a club somewhere, with Nicki Tesco doing the vocals to their cover of The Doors’ “LA Woman.” I was always a Doors fan, but I now think the Cowboys’ version is better than the original one.

They must put something in the alcohol in Finland. Linus Torvalds, Samuli Torssonnen, the Leningrad Cowboys, Simo Hayha…

wjw June 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm

I think I’ve posted that Leningrad Cowboys video somewhere on this blog.

The strangest version of “Sweet Home Alabama” was done by an Indonesian band on a small island off Sulawesi. It’s a little weird hearing that song with a non-Southern accent, but much more strange when sung with Asian accents by brown-skinned people in a tropical setting.

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