Singer, actor, Golden Age Vegas hipster. Frank Sinatra is a role model on so many different levels. Let us glory in magnificence.
Baumann “Strangers In The Night” (Frank Sinatra)
Peter Baumann of Tangerine Dream put this song out on a solo album he released in the early 80s. This is the extended mix from the 12″ single they sent to the college radio station I worked at. It’s quite the relic of the early MTV disco-tronic synthesizer school of music. Which is why I love it so.
Sid Vicious “My Way” (Frank Sinatra)
This is perhaps my favorite cover of all time. Sinatra hated this song, he found it pretentious to be singing his own praises. Which makes it all the more amusing to hear this doomstruck punk who was thrust into the limelight by Malcom McLaren snarling about how he did it his way. Sid didn’t know the words and really couldn’t relate to the narrative of a person who became famous, fell from grace, and climbed to the mountaintop of fame a second time. But he brings the snotty attitude and makes this a great song.
DJ Boosta “Fly Me To The Moon” (Frank Sinatra)
Of all the Sinatra covers out there, this song seems to have the most interesting arrangements out there. This version features a nice bouncy beat and some good distorted guitar.
The Transitones “New York New York” (Frank Sinatra)
Another 80s relic, this time from the southern Florida lounge scene. It combines Les Paul style guitar with cheesy Casio keyboards.
Frank Sinatra “Yesterday” (The Beatles)
It just sounds to me like Sinatra is gritting his teeth while he sings this song. I can’t imagine that he was happy to be doing a song by those dirty hippies who pushed him from the top of the entertainment heap.