I’ve been pretty dissatisfied lately. My job has been very time-consuming and stressful and I’ve had some ongoing health problems that have gotten worse lately, at least partly due to job-related stress. The cure for the health problems made me feel even worse. Posting on Cover Freak had become a grind. I decided that there was no point in continuing with the blog if it wasn’t any fun any more. I even wrote a post for this week declaring the blog on hiatus.
Then things changed. I’m feeling much better and things at work have lightened up. I started to regret the decision I had made to suspend the blog. So here I am posting as normal, although I reserve the right to walk away if it stops being fun. After all, I’m not in this for the money. Or for the dubious small-time fame involved.
Being dissatisfied is a fundamental part of the DNA of rock n’ roll, and nobody said it better than the Rolling Stones.
Jose Feliciano “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (The Rolling Stones)
Jose Feliciano is criminally underappreciated. I dare you to listen to this rockin’ syncopated take on the Stones and not move your feet. The horns and strings are just perfection.
Dolapdere Big Gang “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (The Rolling Stones)
I can honestly say that I’ve never heard a cover by the Big Gang that I haven’t loved. More fun rhythmic liberties with the Glimmer Twins creation.
Devo “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (The Rolling Stones)
Usually I shy away from big commercial hits on Cover Freak, but the Spuds From Ohio truly do take this song and make it their own. Devo was really ahead of their time not only in their music but in their whole aesthetic. I know that I had no idea what to make of them when they burst on the scene and have only come to appreciate them later in life.
Otis Redding “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (The Rolling Stones)
Otis Redding may not be satisfied but he’s gonna try REALLY HARD to find his satisfaction. And I wouldn’t bet against him.
Bjork & PJ Harvey “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (The Rolling Stones)
I’m not sure where this is from. It’s obviously live, I think it’s at some sort of British awards show. It starts as a slow burn, sounding not only disgruntled but dangerous. And it builds and builds into an absolute frenzy. Bjork even reigns in her more annoying vocal tics in service to something magnificent.