Rhino’s Got You Covered: Fuzzy, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Vince Guaraldi
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
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It’s Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before. Let’s get started, shall we?
- Fuzzy, “Girl Don’t Tell Me” (1996): Although never released as a single, this song from the Beach Boys’ 1965 album SUMMER DAYS (AND SUMMER NIGHTS!!) has become a fan favorite over the years, so we presume that the members of Fuzzy count themselves among those fans. (They do a fantastic job of covering it, too.)
- The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Vegetable Man” (1985): You’d have to be a pretty hardcore Pink Floyd fan to know this song, since it’s a Syd Barrett composition that was intended for release on a single with “Scream Thy Last Scream,” but it never got any farther than an acetate. The first time it ever saw any official release was 2016, and that was on the extremely expensive THE EARLY YEARS 1965-1972, which is now out of print. Thankfully, the Reid brothers somehow managed to hear an...unofficial version of the song, let’s call it, and delivered this cover as a B-side on their 1984 single “Upside Down,” and it can now be found on the expanded version of their PSYCHOCANDY album.
- Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Like a Rolling Stone” (1965): Given the big news this week of Bob Dylan selling his song catalog to Universal Music, it seemed like a must-do to include a Dylan cover in this week’s column, so we thought, “Why not go with one of Bob’s biggest hits?” And that’s when the idea of spotlighting one tackled by Mr. Valli and his cohorts struck us, so...enjoy!
- Vince Guaraldi, “Eleanor Rigby” (1969): His is a name that’s heard a lot around this time of the year, thanks to his immortal soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, but there’s more to Mr. Guaraldi than just his Peanuts work...although let’s be honest: you can totally tell it’s the same guy who did the Peanuts music, can’t you? The man’s got a signature style!