Fun Acoustic Versions of Hit Tunes

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, May 15, 2019 at 4:25 PM.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I came across this on You Tube, the Bangles doing an acoustic version of Manic Monday from 2008. It probably has something to do with one of my all time music crushes, Susanna Hoffs, but I enjoyed it a lot. (Interesting that she drops the "Let's go make some noise" lyric.)



    Other good acoustic versions of songs you can think of?
     
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  2. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Nothing in particular, but I think playing a song you know well and usually play electric is really interesting. I like to do acoustic ("unplugged") gigs with my band from time to time, and I used to play in a full-acoustic band (voc, guit, bass, drums) for ten years. We did stuff like "Summer In The City" as well as "Purple Haze" and "Kiss". Now with the 6-piece bluesband it's different again - it's especially fun to see how our original songs turn out. The secret seems to be to slow down a little bit and get the songs swinging rather than driving, if that makes any sense.
    What bugs me (sorry, @drmilktruck ) is when acoustic versions of songs still are played on an electric bass. There are so many good acoustic basses out there...
     
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  3. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Yep, Susanna Hoffs' looks and voice drove quite a few of us into "crush" territory.

    One of the more famous acoustic versions:

     
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  4. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    The Steve'n'Seagull version of AC/DCs Thunderstruck

     
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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Rachel Price/Lake Street Dive does a great acoustic version of The Kink's "Lola".

    Edit: Within an hour of posting this, guess what shows up on my YouTube feed....
     
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  6. Pete Huttlinger. i taught a weekend at Jormas Fur Peace ranch a few years back with David Bromberg. At the end of the weekend, Pete put on a solo show. Explained how he came up with the arrangements to this song, and why its tricky. He plays the bass line, melody and horns. What’s worse is he smiles. He won the national finger picking championship a few years before this. He was a great, down to earth guy that enjoyed teaching, and was good at teaching. He left us too soon. Hard to tell in the video, but i believe he is connected to this device that keeps him alive. About a year before he had a run of bad health. At deaths door. Couldn’t play, or move for that matter. He worked his way back up to what you see here, then passed away shortly there after.
     
  7. That was really good. I liked the sound, but dont know that much about them. Might give it a google.
     
  8. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    "Rocket Man" by Iron Horse.

     
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  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    "Sweet Home Alabama" by Walter Hego.

     
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  10. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    One of my favorite things I always liked doing was taking a rock song and making it acoustic . Great thread
     
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  11. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Yes, there is a lot of fun in breaking down a tune to the very essence - that would be tough to do with modern popmusic in most cases.
     
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  12. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Hands off...she is mine:mad::D
     
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  13. jfassett

    jfassett Gretschie

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  14. section2

    section2 Synchromatic

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    Here are two very different versions of the same great song—from the same live album, no less.

    There's a cool story behind the different recordings. At the height of their fame, Counting Crows were invited to do a live set for an episode of VH1 Storytellers. They agreed to do it, but set themselves a challenge: they would only play a song if they could come up with a radically different acoustic arrangement. They ended up releasing a great live album with one disc culled from an electric show and the other disc taken from the Storytellers set.

    The electric version:



    The acoustic version:

     
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  15. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

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    Plymouth, MN
    Pistols at dawn, sir!
     
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  16. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    I will tell your wife:eek:
     
  17. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

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    Was bound to quote the Johnny Cash / Joe Strummer duo Redemption Song, but remember just in time that the Bob Marley original also is acoustic :)

    Fortunately, I got a great back up:


    Or would that require a specific thread for "(Very) Fun Mariachi Versions of Hit Tunes"?
     
  18. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

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    And I also get that:


    (I'm sticking to the "Fun" side of the thread :D)
     
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