Monday, December 19, 2016

Dylan Cover #260 Marshall Crenshaw "My Back Pages"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Marshall Crenshaw of "My Back Pages"

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
The original has taken upon itself a cultural importance, and the chorus has simply become iconic. I doubt Dylan intended such, but it toes the line of out and out protest and illustrative questions. He puts down everyone from evangelists to girls, but the language snakes and flows so magically that it doesn't seem as harsh as "Positively 4th St" or "Ballad in Plain D". The sense of exhaling desperation or at least the realization that age confuses things even more seems to be what I take from this tune after each listen, but things can change...or can they?

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Here is an artist that falls into that category of someone we have always enjoyed from afar but have never really dug too deep into their work. Our good friend Tom who has a great ear for songs is a huge fan, so we should devote some time to him...perhaps that will be a resolution in the new year. Lord knows we need to make a lot

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a almost as much of a nod to The Byrds version as the Bards version of the tune. Honestly this one plays it pretty close to the chest and doesn't do a whole hell of a lot different than the original (and the Byrds version). With 30 seconds left though Crenshaw pulls out a trippy guitar solo that is worth hearing. Not an all-time great cover but very solid for the holiday season. 

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