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Bluegrass vs. garage rock: a case study
In 2001, The White Stripes released a song called "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground."
In 2006, Chris Thile showed them up with his bluegrass cover.
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Here's the original, from the album "White Blood Cells." It's freakin' awesome, no doubt about it. Hard, punk, garage style rock at its peak - early White Stripes rarely disappoints.
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But, alas, Chris Thile came in a few years later and stole the song. I wrote about Thile last week in the context of a larger piece on bluegrass, and here's another example of how damn good this guy is. This is the mark of a really special musician: no one in their right mind would hear the original White Stripes version and think, "hmm... you know what would sound great? If I completely changed everything about the song except the lyrics." But Chris Thile did just that, and his choppy, happy mandolin leads the way. And the intonations of his singing voice - including those super high bits at the ends of verses - change the game. I'll never hear the White Stripes version again.
Which version do you like better? Does Thile do justice to the White Stripes original tune? I'd say so....
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