The Logical Song (feat. Ayn Rand)

October 14, 2011 1:30 PM

Supertramp's classic, covered for the 'uncool' challenge. Featuring resonator guitar in Open G, pump organ, polka accordion and Ayn Rand.

Not very happy with the vocal on this, but the only way I can hit the big note at the end of the chorus is to sing it kind of low in the verses.

A great if uncool song, full of all sorts of eccentric little things that you only discover when you try to cover it.

posted by unSane (11 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Of course, like the total dumbass I am, I managed to post a mix with no bass in it. The real mix is here.

Dunno if it's possible for a mod or PB to replace the file? Probably not. Hey ho.
posted by unSane at 2:27 PM on October 14, 2011

Fuck the bass unSane - you've picked up the absolutely essential melancholy in this song. It's actually a real heartbreaker - I always adored it and felt it was one fo their best singles (I'm an unashamed Supertramp fan). This is really lovely. The squeezbox is a cool twist, although I think the drums are just a bit too heavy for the track - something a little lighter would be more apt? Nice one.
posted by MajorDundee at 3:11 PM on October 14, 2011

Cheers, Major! The drums make a bit more sense with the bass in -- the last couple of choruses are meant to be pretty heavy. Apparently we may be able to get the mp3 swapped. I think the bass does make a lot of difference.
posted by unSane at 3:21 PM on October 14, 2011

Oooh, now it's fixed and the bass is in!
posted by unSane at 3:52 PM on October 14, 2011

Nice job!
Has a great melancholy feel to it, as Major said. The harmonies in the "there are times..." part are really effective. I was wondering how you were going to do the big saxophone solo and then...Ayn Rand.
posted by chococat at 5:24 PM on October 14, 2011

Wow, great cover of a great song. I think you did a great job with your vocals. You don't sound like you're compromising at all, just, as the Major mentioned, appropriately melancholy. Really good. Also, soloing on the organ is pretty brilliant and soooo much better than sax. I love the sax but not in rock songs.

Good show!
posted by snsranch at 5:25 PM on October 14, 2011

Wow. I disagree with the Major on the drums, though it may be because I heard it with the bass. I thought they entered at just the right time, and complimented everything nicely, at the right style and level. This is a really nice reorchestration here--Almost a little bit of REM or TMBG--and the quote from Frau Rand was a stroke of brilliance (I don't even care for her, most cases). Well done, sir.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:39 PM on October 14, 2011

Sounds great overall, but the solo at ~1:45 is my favorite part. SO GOOD.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 11:49 PM on October 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

Yes indeedy do, this sounds great! Really well done, unSane!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:16 AM on October 15, 2011

Cheers, all! For anyone who's still playing along here's a version I did with live drums. The first time I've done drums completely live... worked out pretty well I think for a beginner.
posted by unSane at 1:32 PM on October 15, 2011

Love this.
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