Monday, May 25, 2020

Dylan Cover #429 Vampire Weekend "Jokerman" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is live a cover by Vampire Weekend playing "Jokerman"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The kick-start to his "back to rock and roll" album Infidels, "Jokerman" is a monster. A torrent of images, symbols, thoughts, proclamations, fears and fables; it feels like a dam was broken in Dylan's brain and all of these things just poured out. Musically it moves along but doesn't add much to the towering wordplay as the tune is dominated by the lyrics which seem almost never ending; Dylan has penned wordier tunes, but few feel as heavy as this. Flawed, but reaching for something, it is a not an all-time great Dylan song, but it is one that lets us peak into his brain a bit. For more on this tune, check out this post.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE has never really taken to this band.

Thoughts on Cover:
Never a favorite band of this sites...yet Vampire Weekend does exactly what we like when it comes to covers, they experiment and make the song their own. They do this by inserting a swirling jam right in the middle, opening up this difficult Dylan tune in jamband fashion. A solid effort from the group.

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