Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
A song about a kid who thinks he’s taken acid. – Randy Newman
You’re in the desert. You’ve got nothing else to do. NAME THE FREAKIN’ HORSE. – Richard Jeni
If an 8-track, shag-carpeted Frisbee could sing, it would be America. – Cracked.com
The band America and their lyrics to their breakout hit “Horse with No Name” may have been fodder for jokes, and they may have sounded so much like Neil Young that Neil’s own father called to congratulate him on the song’s success, but America (the group)’s easygoing vibe and inscrutable story were just what America (the country) wanted to hear in 1972, and the record shot to number one before its author, Dewey Bunnell, was out of his teens.