Rhino’s Got You Covered: Uncle Tupelo, Duran Duran, Sailor, and Marc Almond
Itâs Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before. Letâs get started, shall we?
â¢ Uncle Tupelo, âI Wanna Be Your Dogâ (2002): Recorded back in 1991, this Stooges cover sat unreleased for several years before it eventually found its way onto the Uncle Tupelo compilation 89/93: AN ANTHOLOGY. (It has since made its way onto the MARCH 16-20, 1992 album as well.)
â¢ Duran Duran, âFameâ (1981): Yes, yes, we all know about the bandâs covers album, THANK YOU, but this David Bowie cover arrived many, many years before that LP. You could originally find it as one of the B-sides to the bandâs âCareless Memoriesâ single, but itâs now readily available on the expanded version of the bandâs self-titled 1981 album.
â¢ Sailor, âKarma Chameleonâ (1996): This British band had their commercial heyday in the â70s, when they scored a #2 hit with âA Glass of Champagneâ and followed it with the #7 hit âGirls, Girls, Girls.â The absence of any significant hits after those two singles failed to dissuade Sailor from continuing to try, and to give you an idea of how long they tried... Well, as you can see, this Culture Club cover turned up on the 1996 compilation LEGACY (GREATEST & LATEST). But if youâre wondering why on earth they decided to cover it, that much we can answer for you: Sailor keyboardist Phil Pickett was one of the songâs co-writers!
â¢ Marc Almond, âSomethingâs Gotten Hold of My Heartâ (1989): You probably already know that this is a Gene Pitney cover, if only because thereâs also a version of this cover that features Pitney. We thought weâd go with the non-Pitney version, however, just to give Almondâs vocal performance its due, but if youâd like to check out the video, which features Pitney, weâre happy to oblige.