Bee Gees tunes written for, or performed by, other folks - search and destroy

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First of all, I'd like to do a big-ass Bee Gees tracks poll. In the meantime, we can discuss the myriad tracks written by les frères Gibb but most famously performed by others. I hope to discover some new ones.

Search, obviously: Yvonne Elliman, "If I Can't Have You"; Adam Faith, "Cowman Milk Your Cow"; Dionne Warwick, "Heartbreaker"
Destroy: I dunno

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2oGZV851kU

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Destroy: I dunno

islands in the stream

o s– man (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:07 (six years ago) Permalink

WRONG

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:10 (six years ago) Permalink

"Heartbreaker" is one of my favorite songs by anyone ever.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:15 (six years ago) Permalink

what is the particular musical/melodic trick that makes "heartbreaker" almost instantly identifiable as a song by the gibbs?

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:22 (six years ago) Permalink

the way dionne sings "suddenly, everything" is fantastic.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 02:55 (six years ago) Permalink

I love that the Bee Gees managed to be nearly as popular doing this at a time when they were at their own commercial nadir. It's like, "You say you don't like us? Well, how about our fucking SONGS?"

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 03:38 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah the bee gees album around the same time as heartbreaker was "living eyes" which was about as huge a commercial drop-off as any major act has ever experienced.

i can't really name a truly _bad_ song by the brothers gibb. some mediocre ones, sure. but there's an extraordinary level of craft there always. i wouldn't put them in the same category as bacharach (who is one of the two or three greatest composers of the rock era), but similarly even bacharach's schlocky 80s tunes ("best that you can do," etc.) have a melodic interest and integrity that keeps them interesting. and come to think of it, dionne warwick fits in there in both cases!

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 04:29 (six years ago) Permalink

ok just to verify re. living eyes:

It sold 750,000 copies worldwide (compared to 30 million copies of their previous studio album "Spirits Having Flown" in 1979)

ouch.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 04:29 (six years ago) Permalink

of course nowadays even most major pop acts with donate their left testicle to sell 750,000 copies of an album.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 04:30 (six years ago) Permalink

with WOULD

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 04:30 (six years ago) Permalink

I dislike the BeeGees immensely, but the Fastbacks have a pretty good cover on their "Zucker" album.

Poliopolice, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 04:47 (six years ago) Permalink

I dislike the BeeGees immensely

suggest ban

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 04:50 (six years ago) Permalink

search
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic2CDyepAXw

bear, bear, bear, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 06:13 (six years ago) Permalink

destroy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIH4k2hXyXY

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 06:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Nina Simone In the Morning is brilliant. not sure what it's from other than Sugar In My Bowl but it's lovely. Only place I've found a Bee Gees version of it has been a live set from '68 that was on a torrent site.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 06:40 (six years ago) Permalink

search

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZuJmbDL9q4

that's not my post, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 06:49 (six years ago) Permalink

^Low covering I Started A Joke.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 06:50 (six years ago) Permalink

search: "Emotion", both the Samantha Sang original (w/Barry producing and singing backup vocals) and the very nice Destiny's Child cover. It was only after hearing the latter that I realized the lyric is not "cry me a river/that leads to erosion" lol, though that would have still made perfect sense

Lee626, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 06:56 (six years ago) Permalink

great disco tune written by barry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnvwcGLWybI

spacemindy, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 07:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Spotify playlist I'm making collaborative for folks to add to:

http://open.spotify.com/user/124420673/playlist/6p4YO0L93OA5GAYEI2XHdW

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:40 (six years ago) Permalink

would def vote in a Bee Gees tracks poll amateurist, but I dunno how many other people would...

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:12 (six years ago) Permalink

everybody knows Al Green's "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart" right...?

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:12 (six years ago) Permalink

and wasn't "To Love Somebody" originally intended for Otis Redding? or am I misremembering that

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Totally forgot about that Al Green cover, yeah that's a great one def.

Yes, "To Love Somebody" written for Otis Redding and was played live for him, but he died before he had a chance to record it.

Lee626, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:49 (six years ago) Permalink

I adore "Woman in Love."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:01 (six years ago) Permalink

i can't hear otis doing tLS, honestly.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:02 (six years ago) Permalink

"I adore 'Woman in Love.'"

As a song, it's not bad, but Streisand does the verses in an accented staccato (Barry Gibb) style that tips it over into ridiculousness for me -- I don't make it to the soaring chorus.

Three Word Username, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:10 (six years ago) Permalink

It's almost camp and maybe it is anyway (It's a RIIIIGHT I'LL DEFFEEEEND)

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:12 (six years ago) Permalink

Tavares - More Than A Woman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQcCRo2b-ZE

probably my favorite thing related to the Bee Gees not called "Night Fever"

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:44 (six years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that Al Green cover. he owns it completely

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:45 (six years ago) Permalink

> i can't hear otis doing tLS, honestly.

Neither can i, but then again if i only knew "Try a Little Tenderness" as sung by the likes of Bing Crosby (or even Sam Cooke) i'd never imagine what Otis could do with the same song, which he now owns.

It doesn't appear to be known if Otis Redding liked "To Love Somebody" enough to want to record it.

Lee626, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:55 (six years ago) Permalink

kinda surprised - I can totally hear Otis doing it, "Try a Little Tenderness" is an obvious ref pt in that regard

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:59 (six years ago) Permalink

Surely 'Emotion' by Samantha Sang is a massive, massive search? such sickly backing vocals, such a cloying tune...so good!

Blue Collar Retail Assistant (Dwight Yorke), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 19:28 (six years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that Al Green cover. he owns it completely

― gospodin simmel, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:45 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

well yeah, he's al green.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:24 (six years ago) Permalink

true that

gospodin simmel, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 20:35 (six years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that Al Green cover. he owns it completely

Disagree. Completely.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 23:18 (six years ago) Permalink

he sticks pretty closely to the original arrangement but I don't see how anyone could fault his delivery

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 23:20 (six years ago) Permalink

Really, "To Love Somebody" could be its own thread...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF64iyEkwPQ

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 23:32 (six years ago) Permalink

he sticks pretty closely to the original arrangement but I don't see how anyone could fault his delivery

I'm not faulting his delivery -- to me, it's perfectly fine, if maybe a bit by-the-numbers for Reverend Al. But while his take has never knocked me out, the Bee Gees version features just about my favorite ensemble vocal the group ever did.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 26 April 2012 04:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Really, "To Love Somebody" could be its own thread...

Yup -- totally forgot the Flying Burritos' version. Definitely my favorite.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:04 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

The Bee Gees' version of "I Can't Have You" is tremendous!

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Monday, 1 January 2018 14:58 (five months ago) Permalink

Has James Carr version of “To Love Somebody” been posted yet?

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:14 (five months ago) Permalink

everybody knows Al Green's "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart" right...?

This is great. Heard it recently and got into a dispute with guy sitting next to me at bar who said Al Green had passed and proceeded to “prove” this by googling “Al Green dead.”

Also very recently got confused when I thought this was playing but it turned out to be his cover of “For The Good Times.”

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:17 (five months ago) Permalink


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