It’s two years since I started this blog and I’m exactly 250 number ones in! To celebrate, I am doing a week-long special: cover versions of #1 singles! Whenever I write a post, I not only discover and enjoy the #1 singles, I also often discover and enjoy other recordings of these hit songs.
My final two covers take us down a rockier road…
‘Needles and Pins’, by The Ramones (1978)
(Originally reached #1 in 1964, with The Searchers)
The Ramones are one of my go-to bands, that I can listen to at any time, in any mood… Alas, they will come nowhere near the top of the UK Singles chart. I also love The Searcher’s version of ‘Needles and Pins’, a perfect slice of melancholy Merseybeat. So, put the two together and you got a good ‘un. Of course, this is actually a cover of a cover, the original being a version by Jackie De Shannon, but hey (ho!) Enjoy!
‘Strangers in the Night’, by CAKE (2005)
(Originally reached #1 in 1966, with Frank Sinatra)
I discovered this cover on the soundtrack to ‘Stubbs the Zombie’ – a video game that I have never actually played. I found the CD in a bargain bin years ago and it is one that’s stayed with me. It’s full of covers of ’30s through ’60s hits by mid-00s indie bands like The Dandy Warhols, Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips. Seriously, check it out… Anyway, CAKE do this cover of Ol’ Blue Eyes least favourite song and I think it’s great. They also do a nice cover of ‘I Will Survive’, which I might dig out when that particular record make #1…
I hope you enjoyed this interlude of #1s through different lenses. Normal service will resume next week, with chart-topper #251…
3 thoughts on “2nd Anniversary Special! Cover Versions of #1s Part V – The Ramones & CAKE”
Both covers are good… These two I’ve heard. I love the Ramones doing anything and the Cake one is different…good different.
Cake do good covers – I like their version of ‘I Will Survive’ too
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