Rhino’s Got You Covered: The “All Lou, All the Time” Edition
Itâs Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before... But Are we really offering up a double-stuffed edition of Rhinoâs Got You Covered this week? except this week weâre actually offering up a double-stuffed edition of covers, and all of them are songs that were either written or co-written by Lou Reed and originally recorded either by the Velvet Underground or Reed himself.
Why all the Lou love? Because this Friday is the release date for the new deluxe expanded edition of Reedâs NEW YORK album and we thought weâd get everyone in the mood for this awesome new reissue!
Letâs get started, shall we?
â¢ The Jimmy Castor Bunch, âWalk on the Wild Sideâ (1974): Before Castor and his Bunch dived headlong into conquering the world with the power of funk, they took a musical path that found them doing R&B-laced covers, including this tune, which is â in case youâve forgotten â the biggest chart hit of Reedâs career.
â¢ Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, âRock and Rollâ (1971): Although often credited to Ryder, sometime with the Detroit Wheels and sometimes without, this Velvet Underground cover was actually recorded by Ryder simply under the name Detroit...although even then, it's generally referred to as Detroit featuring Mitch Ryder. Either way, you can still find it on REV UP â THE BEST OF MITCH RYDER & THE DETROIT WHEELS.
â¢ Big Star, âFemme Fataleâ (1975): If thereâs any moment in the Big Star story that cements the theory that they really werenât after mainstream success, itâs probably their decision to cover a Velvet Underground song on their 3RD album. You donât break out of cult status by covering another cult band. Themâs just the facts.
â¢ The Beat Farmers, âThere She Goes Againâ (1985): Fronted by the legendary Country Dick Montana, this San Diego band was a live force to be reckoned with, and this V.U. tune comes from their album TALES OF THE NEW WEST, otherwise known as the LP that gave us the wonderful single âHappy Boy.â
â¢ Echo and the Bunnymen, âRun Run Runâ (Live) (1988): Finding this Velvet Underground cover used to depend on your country of residence, since it could be found on a âBedbugs & Ballyhooâ single as well as a Japanese EP entitled NEW LIVE & RARE. Now, however, the easiest way to hunt it down is to secure the compilation ITâS ALL LIVE NOW, which includes a plethora of covers by the Bunnymen, including songs by Jonathan Richman, Bob Dylan, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones.
â¢ Luna, âRide into the Sunâ (1993): After releasing their 1992 debut album, LUNAPARK, Luna released an EP which spotlighted the song that led off the album, and this was one of the tunes that served as an additional track on the EP. For the record, itâs actually bookended by two other covers: Beat Happeningâs âIndian Summerâ and the Dream Syndicateâs âThatâs What You Always Say.â
â¢ David Bowie, âWhite Light / White Heatâ (1971): The Thin White Duke was tackling this song in his set as far back as 1971, and it was a tune that regularly remained in the mix for the next few decades. This particular version is the one that appears on the CHANGESNOWBOWIE compilation, and we donât mind saying that it absolutely ROCKS.
â¢ The Georgia Satellites, âIâm Waiting for the Manâ (Live) (1986): Many folks didnât know the Satellites covered this track until it appeared on their best-of collection, but it made its debut on a British 12â single for âKeep Your Hands to Yourselfâ a few years earlier.
And even after eight â count âem! â eight covers, weâve still got a bonus cover for you, but since itâs not part of the Rhino catalog, itâs not in the playlist. That said, since the whole reason for this expanded edition is to honor the reissue of NEW YORK, we thought weâd honor that album by sharing Bob Segerâs 2017 version of âBusload of Faith.â No, heâs no Lou Reed, but you canât say the man doesnât know a good song when he hears one!