Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gone swimming in a stream.


So it's hot as hell up here in Boston. When living in Las Vegas? At least every home had central air. Not up here in Boston. It seems every way of living, they need to drive home the point of, "Suck it up! We're gonna build character in you!" Honestly, it does nothing but give Bostonians the attitude they're so known for. Seriously. Sit in an apartment with no AC when it's 95 outside and 80% humidity and try not to get angry.

So what the hell does that have to do with music? Well, I recently heard the cover of "Islands In The Stream" that the Constantines did with Feist. Mmmmm....streams.....cold water.....shriveled junk. So I figured today, I would post this lovely little cover. The Constantines are part of the great lineup that Toronto label Arts and Crafts has put together. They also include other indie darlings such as Apostle of Hustle, Stars, and Broken Social Scene. The Arts and Crafts website even has a page devoted to this cover. That's how much they love it, also.


Download the Constantines and Feist - Islands in the Stream

So, the song is a cover of a song written by the Bee Gees. Yes. The Bee Gees. Had the Bee Gees sung it? The world may have blown up. But instead, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton did the honors, and as odd as it sounds, I thank them for helping all of us escape a very close call. So here's the original version from 1983. Believe it or not, I'm able to remember when this came out. Kind of sad, but true. It became a number one hit for the duo, and helped lead them to more collaborations, but none quite as successful as this classic song.


Download Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers - Islands in the Stream

And just for the hell of it, I am posting a video from Mad TV. Why? Well, the show was awful. I mean, it just WASN'T funny. But they used to poke fun at Kenny Rogers after he became more of a showboating salesman than a singer. In this skit, it's Kenny Rogers performing with the crew from Jackass.



Now, if you don't buy this music, I swear to christ I will post more Mad TV clips. And trust me. Most of them are just a new kind of awful.

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