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Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - “Suffragette City” (David Bowie)
Here’s a quick dose of incredible. Segall’s an outspoken glam fanatic, and his and Cronin’s take on this and “Fame” by Bowie are just far too awesome.
Ty Segall - “Dropout Boogie” (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band)
Lemons, according to Segall, was thrown together, and one of the additions was this Beefheart cover. Here’s what he said to Reax about the choice:
It’s just one of my favorite songs. I don’t know, it’s great, it just works, it kind of fit with some of the stuff on that. There’s no way any of my stuff can ever match his, I just thought it was a cool finisher. Bottom line I just love that song.
He’s totally right—it does flow well with the rest of the album. Maybe it’s partially due to the production quality, and maybe it’s how he arranged it, but as I’ve said before, the entire album is completely cohesive.
Obviously, in Segall’s version, he speeds things up and doesn’t try to affect Beefheart’s weird deep voice. And Safe As MIlk era Beefheart seems like an obvious influence on Segall—to boil it down, it’s a song that’s weird and really fun. It’s only natural that Segall would be hesitant to compare himself to Beefheart, but his version is perfect for Lemons and definitely entertaining.
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Ty Segall - “You Should Never Have Opened That Door” (Ramones)
I’d like to finish this week by talking about a handful of Ty Segall’s covers. In nearly every interview he’s ever given, he’s talked about the influence a variety of bands have had on him. It’s also blatant in his music, whether it’s in the songwriting nuances of Neil Young or in the raw aggression of the Mummies. First, we’ll start with the “raw aggression” side of things with his cover of “You Never Should Have Opened That Door” from the Ramones’ Leave Home, which is one of the Ramones’ signature horror movie songs.
The way the Ramones handled creepy material was to sound completely peppy and jovial about it. (“Chain Saw” is a pretty great example of that.) In Segall’s version, there’s urgency and fear in his voice, where Joey just sounded like Joey. And when he sings “You don’t know what I can do with this axe, / Chop off your head, so you better relax,” he doesn’t sound largely stoic—he screams it like a maniac.
And Segall’s version is shorter. Than the Ramones’ version. He uses his one man band stomp and chops it down by 30 seconds. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise, since the Ramones never did play as fast in the studio as they did on stage, but still—30 seconds is a lot.
The Ramones’ influence on Segall isn’t exactly subtle when you consider Segall’s power chord driven bashers from that self-titled record and Horn The Unicorn. And both Segall and the Ramones were students of early rock’n’roll, so it’s a natural fit to have Segall interpret the punk legends. And this 1.5 minute nugget is a nice little indication of the inspiration Ty got from Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, & Tommy.