Saturday, October 06, 2018

The Bangles "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)"

When Elvis Costello hit the music scene in the late 1970s, he was viewed as a hot songwriter, an English version of Bob Dylan with horn-rimmed glasses.

Maybe it was the backlash against rock's new wave, or possibly Costello's songs became more complicated and arcane, but by the 1980s Elvis had left the building. Most of the Costello covers were lame anyway, such as those recorded by Linda Ronstadt.

Here's a snappy edition of Costello's "Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution) by the Bangles, one of the few Costello covers that bettes the original.

The best cover, however, of a Costello song remains Dave Edmunds' take of "Girls Talk."

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