Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays VOL VIII: (I Know) I'm Losing You

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.

This week's Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesday is a double-shot. You're welcome.

The Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You" climbed to #8 on the pop charts in 1966. This piece of vaguely psychedelic Motown was not lost on other hard rock groups of the time. In 1970 and 1971, two hard rock groups covered the song and both versions are worth checking out. The 1971 version was performed by The Faces, headed up by one of the architects of British hard rock in the 1960's; scratchy voiced, hard rockin' Rod Stewart. Not to be confused with disco Rod Stewart, cheesy 90s, collaborating with Bryan Adams and Sting Rod Steward, or big band rip off Rod Stewart. So yeah, the short lived and only good Rod Stewart. What happened? I blame Goodnight.

The 1970 version is off the same album as our VOL II Trademark-Infringing Tune. The entire Ecology album is great. I highly recommend checking that out, preferably on vinyl. Here's the epic 10 minute long Rare Earth version. [Ed.-- I couldn't find the album version on the Youtubes. Here's an equally epic live version. It cuts out for a few seconds at the 8:33 mark, but you'll get the picture.]

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


  1. At one time in my youth I had both albums by the Temptaions and Rare Earth.
    Thrilled to have a band I truly like featured on here. At 51 yrs. old I don't get many chances like this, so Thanks!


  2. Glad I could be of service, KoolBell! I have to admit, I'm fairly new to Rare Earth, but I really love that Ecology album.