Johnny Cash’s 81st album brought new life to the classic country artist’s career. American Recordings was produced by Rick Rubin and included songs written by Glenn Danzig, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits; later albums in the series included Cash renditions of Beck, Tom Petty, Soundgarden, and Nine Inch Nails songs. Cash’s works with American were particularly popular with the alternative and college radio crowds.
Check out this amazing performance of “Bird on a Wire” from Jon Stewart’s pre-The Daily Show talk show.
Tom Petty was an iconic songwriter, with fans young and old. I love Tom Petty’s music, but his last album I really heard was Songs and Music from “She’s the One” from 1996. I have no doubt that I would love everything else he recorded in the past 20 years, but I never felt compelled to seek it out. Regardless of my own negligence of his recent craft, his impact on the world of music was huge. Artists from genres as diverse as country to horror punk have covered Tom Petty songs. Here are some of the best that I have tracked down.
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Tom Petty covered edition
- “Breakdown” (Suzi Quatro, If You Knew Suzi)
- “Free Fallin'” (John Mayer, Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live In Los Angeles)
- “I Won’t Back Down” (Johnny Cash, American III: Solitary Man)
- “Here Comes My Girl” (Relient K, is for Karaoke)
- “Runnin’ Down a Dream” (Wedensday 13, Bloodwork)
- “You Wreck Me” (Taking Back Sunday, Covered, A Revolution in Sound)
- “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (Dave Stewart & His Rock Fabulous Orchestra, The Dave Stewart Songbook, Vol. 1)
- “American Girl” (Matthew Sweet, High School Reunion: A Tribute to Those Great 80s Films)
- “I Need To Know” (Middle Class Rut, Pick Up Your Head [vinyl])
- “Refugee” (The Chipmunks, Chipmunk Punk)
- “Stop Draggin’ My Car Around” (Weird Al Yankovic, Weird Al Yankovic)
In the second blind trade, only half-completed so far, I received a box of Reds from Mark at Stats on the Back. He’s cleaning out his non-Mets, much like I’m cleaning out my non-Reds…keeping a few other favorites and collections, but for the most part cleaning house. He had posted a little teaser about what was in the box, and I must say while I was looking forward to it based on that post, it far exceeded my expectations! There were several cards of Sabo and Dibble, and even a few Soto that I didn’t already have. I will be scanning those at some point in the future and posting them on my “Players I Collect” pages, but again I wanted to post a few of my favorites now…
In addition to those awesome cards, I got a card of Bubbles Hargrave. He played for the Reds in the 1920s and was included in the 1991 Sporting News Conlon Collection set. I’ve never heard of a baseball player named Bubbles before. How cool is that?
I’m tempted to post a Vixen song here, because I’m assuming most of you don’t remember the band. But Mark wrote on the note enclosed, “Consider some Bob Dylan to cleanse the metal palette. Bob can rock too.” Yes, Bob can rock too. The first compact disc I ever bought was Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Volume II. But one of my favorite Bob Dylan recordings was the Nashville Skyline album, and specifically the song, “Girl From The North Country” with Johnny Cash.