Rhino’s Got You Covered: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Georgia Satellites, Hindu Love Gods, and...Adam Sandler?!
It’s 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. Let’s get started, shall we?
• The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” (1984): Given how famous songwriter Jim Steinman has become for penning bombastic tunes, it’s rather refreshing to hear one of his songs stripped down and given a bit of twang. Yes, it’s an unexpected choice for these guys, but they deliver it well.
• Georgia Satellites, “Don’t Pass Me By” (1988): When it comes to Beatles covers, you don’t tend to hear many folks tackle tracks that originally featured Ringo on lead vocals, but the Satellites – who also honored another British Invasion band on the Cocktail soundtrack by covering the Swinging Blue Jeans’ “Hippy Hippy Shake” – deliver a rip-roaring version of this “White Album” classic and damned near make it their own.
• Hindu Love Gods, “Raspberry Beret” (1990): Funnily enough, this one-off album from Warren Zevon, Peter Buck, Bill Berry, and Mike Mills also features a Georgia Satellites cover (“Battleship Chains”), but we opted for this classic Prince tune because it’s just fabulous.
• Adam Sandler, “Like a Hurricane” (2009): Yes, that Adam Sandler. No, it’s not a joke. In fact, it’s pretty great, and even though we know you’re going to remain skeptical about this claim until after you’ve played the song, we know we’re right, and we anxiously await your acknowledgment of such.