Song – Band – Album
1) Insister – Tapes ‘N Tapes – The Loon
2) In This Home On Ice – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
3) Cross-eyed and Painless– The Talking Heads – Remain in Light
I mentioned that the Nine Inch Nails logo lifted the typeset from Remain In Light. Here is the Remain In Light album cover and the NIN logo for you to compare.
4) Terrible Lie – Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
5) The Bends – Radiohead – The Bends
Did you know that The Bends is another word for Decompression Sickness? It occurs when divers come up to fist after being way below the surface. The first sounds on the album is the ping of a submarine.
6) Everything in its
7) Poor Places – Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The album was originally rejected by their record label – Reprise. They disliked it so much that they dropped the band altogether, but allowed them to keep the rights to the album. They then signed with Nonesuch records for more than they were making with Reprise after several labels tried to get the band. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot went on to hit #13 on the charts, a big deal for a band like Wilco. The best part is that Nonesuch and Reprise are both owned by Warner Brothers – so they essentially fired and rehired the band for more money. The documentary “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” chronicles the making of the album and the story of its eventual release on Nonesuch. It’s essential viewing.
8) Life Worth Livin’ – Uncle Tupelo – No Depression
I love the line in “Life Worth Livin’” - “A beer in each hand and a smile in between”. When Uncle Tupelo split Jay Farrar (the lead singer for this song) formed Son Volt. Tweedy formed Wilco. Son Volt stayed pretty true to the Uncle Tupelo sound, while Wilco has gone a new direction.
9) Hurt – Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
Cash’s cover remains pretty true to the original Nine Inch Nails version. The only change he made was changing the line “I wear this crown of shit” to “I wear this crown of thorns”. I read a great interview in Uncut about the most influential songs and movies of all time. Trent Reznor picked Johnny Cash’s version of his song as one of his biggest influences. He talked about how he was in a bad place when he heard it (due to drug issues) and how he felt that Johnny’s version brought out the true meaning of the song.
10) Girl From the North Country – Bob Dylan w/ Johnny Cash –
Girl From the North County original appeared on Bob Dylan’s album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in 1963. The version that appeared there was a folk song, as opposed to the country version that appears on the 1969 (country) album Nashville Skyline.
11) Come Pick Me Up – Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
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Interested in Whiskytown? Pick up Strangers Almanac – its their best album
12) Rodeohead – Hard ‘n Phirm – Horses and Grasses