Monday, August 24, 2020

Dylan Cover #442 Sizzla "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Sizzla playing "Subterranean Homesick Bluest".

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-FlintThe HolliesJoan OsbourneMountainBetty LeVette and more. Now the spotlight shines on various reggae artists from Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan.  
We have covered a song from this collection in our Dylan Cover Series before, so we will skip Toots this month even though that is a good one from this collection.

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we posted a cover version of this tune:
One of the most iconic songs from Dylan's most famous period and a very early showing of how powerful a music video could be. Dylan nods to beat poetry, current events, Chuck Berry's "No More Monkey Business", paranoia, and the Vietnam War all in around two minutes of linked lyrics over one of his earliest electric recordings. There is also the sly sense of humor which Dylan never gets enough credit for, while raging against the proverbial machine. A classic '60's tune in all respects and one non-Dylan fans usually love as well.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Sizzla is artist RtBE became familiar in the late 90's with his reggae/dancehall sound. While we strongly disagree with his anti-LGBT stance and believe it is flat out stupid, we wanted to showcase the most interesting cover on the album...

Thoughts on Cover:
The song that would seem the oddest fit for a reggae style cover is Dylan's pseudo 60's rap poetry, but Sizzla does a cool job of interpreting the tune.  Now if he could only open his mind to the modern world he might be on to something. 

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