The MTV VMAs have come and gone again, hurdling over the age old question “How are the VMAs still relevant?”. The 2018 VMAs had to scream about its relevancy with a very special delivery that reminded us all that as a society, we still do a lot of things that make me want to open the Ark of the Covenant in a very public place to end all of our eternal suffering in an exquisitely painful fashion.
The results surprised me too.
“Song to The Siren” (1970) is one of the ill-fated and seminal songwriter and guitarist Tim Buckley‘s most renowned songs. It has been covered by numerous performers, and while the lyrics remain beautiful and haunting, various performances put their own spin on it.
I’ve listed my favorites in order of preference.
“True Detective”, Crusty Rock Poet Guys, and Death
I don’t want to insult a dead man’s work.
But I have never cared for Leonard Cohen, strictly the singer and performer (no personal beefs here). Along with Tom Waits and, to a lesser extent, Bob Dylan, I store L.C. in the “Momentous Artists I Just Can’t Get Into (Despite a Solid Try)” Vault.