Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays VOL II: Eleanor Rigby

Because this is the off season and there's nothing better to do, because there are approximately 2,357,861 days until football season (that's just a guesstimate, give or take a few), and because it's Tuesday and you need a pick-me-up, I'm presenting "Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays". Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays is an off-topic post that will feature a band playing a song by a different band each week. Some you may have heard and, hopefully, some will be completely new to you.

The Beatles need no introduction. Eleanor Rigby was originally released on their 1966 album Revolver and simultaneously as a single, and climbed to number 1 on the charts in Britain and number 11 here in the US; a modest effort in the Beatles hey-day.

Two years later, a band out of Detroit became one of the first all white bands from Motown to be hit-makers. Rare Earth is most famous for their song "I Just Want to Celebrate" and their most famous cover was a cover of the Temptations' "Get Ready". But in 1970, they released their fourth album, Ecology, which included this weeks Trademark-Infringing Tune, Eleanor Rigby. Put McCartney's great songwriting in the hands of an early '70s hard rock band with a Motown edge and you get an incredibly unique sound. Enjoy.

Tune in next week when Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays will feature........ another band playing a song by a different band!

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