Mar 052011

This March, we pit 64 Beatles covers against each other in what we call Moptop Madness.

Yesterday’s winners: The Black Keys, “She Said She Said” and Teenage Fanclub, “The Ballad of John and Yoko”

For our first weekend set – yes, these contests don’t end with Friday – we have some unusual genre pairings. In ring number one, Aretha Franklin’s soulful “Eleanor Rigby” butts heads with K.J. Denhert’s folksy “Ticket to Ride.” Then, in ring two, Laibach’s industrial “One After 909” challenges Al Green’s smooth “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

Listen to each pairing below, then vote for your favorite. For added sway, try to convince others to vote your way in the comments. Voting closes in 24 hours.

Aretha Franklin – Eleanor Rigby
K.J. Denhert – Ticket to Ride

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Laibach – One After 909
Al Green – I Want to Hold Your Hand

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  3 Responses to “Moptop Madness: Aretha Franklin vs. K.J. Denhert, Laibach vs. Al Green”

Comments (3)
  1. I see that most people agree that Laibach’s version of “One After 909” is just pretty damn bad, but for the other one… really?

    Aretha’s voice is amazing, of course, but that style DOESN’T FIT THE SONG. Had she made it a bluesy ballad about the life and death of a lonely spinster, then yeah, it would be AMAZING, but a joyous song about picking up the rice in a church where a wedding has been? What.

    KJ Denhert at least gets the MOOD of the song right! Ugh… wow. Like I said, Aretha’s vocals are amazing, obviously, but I can’t stand her version since the lyrical dissonance is just way too, well, dissonant!

  2. Great feature!

  3. Neither and neither.:-)

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