Cover Song of the Month: Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs, SuperfreakPosted: February 25, 2010
Earlier this month when I posted the video of Don Ho’s cover of the Peter Gabriel song, Shock The Monkey, I got quite a bit of reaction. Some of the reaction was good, others were scarred by their exposure to the song.
I thought about it and realized there is quite a bit of cover music living in my i-Pod that needs to get out into the world. So I decided to add, as a regular feature here on Blurt, The Cover Song of the Month. Once a month, I’ll post a new song for you to hear, comment on and answer a poll question about.
Some of these songs you may heave heard of it, some of you may not. After listening to them, you might rush right out and buy them, or you may take it as a warning to avoid it for the rest of your life. Either way, it is a public service, right?
The cover song for this first edition of the Cover Song of the Month is the Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs bluegrass version of the Rick James classic, Super Freak.
Even though the video is a little rough, note the musicianship. Note the traditional “high lonesome” style of bluegrass singing contrasted with James’ lyrics describing time with the Super Freak. I don’t know why they call it high lonesome. I think if you sing like that too much you end up lonesome.
I’ve got the CD, it is actually pretty good, but I’m pretty convinced they tacked this on the end because its just an odd, funny twist.
Oh, in case you need it, here is the original: