Norwegian Wood

August 24, 2010 6:45 PM

When I'm in a prolonged songwriting funk - which I am now - it can sometime take a cover of a favorite tune to snap me out of it. Let's hope this does.

Heavy on the vocals and guitar octaves, plus a cheesy drumbeat. No sitar, sadly.

posted by ORthey (6 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Sweet. The set back vocals are used to great effect. Sleeping in a bath is still one of my favorite Lennon visuals. Do people really think the narrator burns this chicks house down in the end? The guitar octaves are a sound I'm really into right now. It was good to hear them.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 10:56 PM on August 24, 2010

Love to hear such hoary material done with some original flourish and passion. Very cool! Hope it helped...
posted by bonefish at 10:21 PM on August 26, 2010

This is just lovely - lazy, airy and sweet. And it's not a cover - it a version. Big and important difference. Great vocal as usual. I could quibble and say that the lyric for this is actually one of Lennon's "nasties" and therefore a rather more aggressive reading might be called for. But, fuck that. This is great.

PS I love those far off "it's time for bed" backing vocals - now, that kind of subtle little touch is what marks you out as a wee bit special.
posted by MajorDundee at 12:36 PM on August 29, 2010

Great job, ORthey. I really do like it just as much as the original.
posted by Corduroy at 2:48 AM on August 30, 2010

Man, ORthey, I think I agree with the Major in that your ability to take something that is such a superlative and seminal (?) Beatles song and give it such new and beautiful life is a big deal.

I don't know if you feel the same way, but your picking and vocals on this are some of your best. I really do hope that this helps you snap out of your funk. You are one that I'm sure many of us here look forward to hearing.
posted by snsranch at 7:07 PM on August 30, 2010

The guitars on this are lovely, and it is a great re-working.

If you'll forgive me one criticism - the first note you sing sounds a little faltering. Might be worth overdubbing if you felt inclined?

It's only a shame because the rest is sung so strongly :) the "la"-ed bit is particularly nice.
posted by greenish at 4:30 AM on September 4, 2010

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