Monday, September 19, 2022

Dylan Cover #548 The Dead Weather "New Pony"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by The Dead Weather playing "New Pony"

Thoughts on Original:
Street Legal is a messy mid-life Dylan outing that is odd for many reasons. "New Pony" is probably the first of those oddities, coming on the heels of album opener "Changing of the Guards". This slow, drawn out blues based number lazily rides the country with over done backing vocals helping Bob and the old nag along. The tune brings in a saxophone and conga drums as it fades out. A fairly forgettable song on a fairly forgettable album. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE have loved The Dead Weather from the first time we heard them, which was live back in 2009. One of the instant attractions was that they covered a long lost Dylan tune. The quartet, Jack White on drums, Allison Mosshart from The Kills, Dean Fertita from Queens of the Stone Age and Jack Lawrence from The Raconteurs and Greenhornes are formidable. Each of their albums (Horehound, Seas of Cowards and Dodge and Burn) have been good in slightly different ways. 

Thoughts on Cover:
This leather jacket clad, swaggering outfit, took a below par Dylan effort and pumped it full of sexual energy as all four DW's slap their imprint on it. A bad ass cover, and probably the best ever of this nearly forgotten Dylan tune. 

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