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 Post subject: Covers?
PostPosted: Wed February 20, 2019 1:41 am 
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Is it possible that Pearl Jam has played Rockin in the Free World more times than Neil Young ever has live? Does that make it "their" song?

How about Last Kiss? I'm guessing they've definitely played than J Frank Wilson and the Caveliers ever did?

Baba O'Riley? Maybe?

I suppose what I'm getting at - is at what point does a band/singer essentially claim ownership of a song, almost like adverse possession in property law. Not legally speaking I mean, but when collectively when people hear a song and say, oh didn't so and so sing that one - not even realizing there is/was an original version.

To me - I've always preferred the Because the Night version by 10,000 maniacs over the Springsteen version (probably because I was in my mid teens when that song was in constant rotation after their unplugged show on MTV), or Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U versus the original Prince version.

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As for the songs above, maybe collectively Rockin is now a Pearl Jam song, definitely Last Kiss, and I'm guessing Baba is still a Who song - because outside of people who go to Pearl Jam concerts consistently, I doubt many are aware that Pearl Jam plays it (a lot!).

Any other ones that I'm missing?

(ps - I'm bored. will a new album/tour please come out?!).


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 Post subject: Re: Covers?
PostPosted: Wed February 20, 2019 3:28 am 
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PJ has played RITFW 308 times
Neil, has rocked it 612, and is his 7th most performed song. Its still NY's song.

PJ has never recorded a studio version of it have they? its not on Lo2L or the follow up. So unless youve seen PJ play it live or have tons of the bootlegs, youre probably not aware that they play it that much.

Its no where near Hey Joe or All Along the Watchtower with Hendrix
or Polk Salad Annie with Elvis
or pretty much all the songs off Led Zeppelin I (Yes, Dazed and Confused is even a cover, look it up)


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 Post subject: Re: Covers?
PostPosted: Wed February 20, 2019 4:19 pm 
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I'll give you "Last Kiss", though I was well aware of the song long before Eddie "discovered" it. Cheesy teenage "death drama" songs were very popular as a sort of comic relief on oldies radio back when it still existed, and the original version of "Last Kiss" was one of the most frequently played.

The rest of the songs you mentioned are nothing more than half-ass encore fodder on Pearl Jam's part. Nothing I would call definitive.


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 Post subject: Re: Covers?
PostPosted: Wed February 20, 2019 10:39 pm 
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Last Kiss probably counts as not being a cover anymore, in the sense that you mean.

But in general, number of times a song played is in concert is definitely not the way to determine the issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Covers?
PostPosted: Thu February 21, 2019 11:22 pm 
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No cover will become Pearl Jam’s. That line of thinking is so fucking stupid.

They play too many covers. It needs to stop.

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