366TAS: 4:16 – Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico – Just Like a Woman

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a proper cover, right? Actually, it’s only been a shade under three weeks since we’ve had a cover song, but perhaps you didn’t realize “I Wanna Go Back” was originally a Billy Satellite song. Similarly, Rainbow’s “Since You Been Gone” was originally done by former Argent guitarist, Russ Ballard. You can hold your head up if you didn’t know about the original versions of the songs though… neither did I! We’re all learning here!

Today’s cover is probably a little more traditional in the sense that you’re probably all familiar with Bob Dylan’s original “Just Like A Woman.” The recording by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico comes from the Dylan biopic, I’m Not There, which was a little too scattered to keep my attention. Disappointing, given its good soundtrack, especially since I saw it shortly after watching the Johnny Cash story, Walk the Line, which was excellent. (And hey, Johnny Cash’s “Jackson” that I posted? That’s a cover too!)

But wait a second… haven’t we heard from Charlotte Gainsbourg already this year? Indeed we did! My position is that an artist’s solo efforts and a collaboration with other artists constitute “different artists” for the purposes of The List. Think about it this way: if I post a Cream song and an Eric Clapton song, that would seem okay even though Cream was just Clapton and two other guys, right? Well this is Charlotte Gainsbourg and six other guys. If you disagree, then just pretend I posted Passion Pit’s, “Moth’s Wings” or if you’re Josh and you hate electropop/indiedance, pretend I posted Stars’ “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead.” Oh, and cover your eyes when I throw a Paul Simon song out there later this year.

Just Like A Woman – Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico (Sorry! This one’s not available on Spotify!)

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 4:16 – Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico – Just Like a Woman

  1. John says:

    That seems like a solid principle; I think that it would be hard to make distinctions if you approached it any other way. I mean, should “Taking It To The Streets” by the Doobie Brothers (w/ Mike McDonald on lead vox) be excluded because of “Time Out Of Mind” by Steely Dan (w/ McD on backing vox). Besides, it’s your blog… 🙂

    I’ve got “Conquistador” by Procol Harum:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cfzg3_WhLM&w=420&h=315%5D

  2. James says:

    Oh, I totally will pretend that you posted Stars – “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”! The best Stars song, hands down.

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