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These Days

Heard Tom Rush's "River" on the radio -- good tune. One of his YouTube things is a version of Jackson Browne's song "These Days," and I listened to that for a bit, and it's not bad, but it's Nico's version of that song that's the defining one, for me at least.

According to, 10,000 Maniacs did "These Days," on their Our Time in Eden album, though written by 10,000 Maniacs, not Jackson Browne. allmusic didn't have it quite right, though -- the song on Our Time in Eden is "These Are Days" -- not "These Days." But then 10,000 Maniacs does do a version of Browne's song on the Elektra 40th anniversary album. A little complicated. So I guess allmusic can be forgiven.

So I put on my I-tunes and listed the songs in alphabetical order and jumped into the various "These Days"es:

10,000 Maniacs (jackson browne)
Kinda boring, straightforward version. Nico's version is better. Tom Rush's version is better, too.

The Ropers (the ropers)
Kinda boring

The Rentals (the rentals)

R.E.M. (berrybuckmillsstipe)
solid tune

Nico (jackson browne)

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions (lloyd cole)
not bad, but no classic

Joy Divisionx3 (joy div)
The studio version seems like a throwaway. The live version on the official bootleg Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 is pretty good, but there's a really kick-ass version on Paradiso, Amsterdam 11 January 1980.

Jesus and Mary Chain (jamc)
so-so, like the whole Stoned and Dethroned album


Tom Rush:

Joy Division:
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Interesting to think of these in relation to each other. Sometimes I like to play a bunch of songs on my ipod in alphabetical order. Usually you can get some interesting strings of songs with the same word at the beginning.

Your mention of Les Bains Douches reminds me that I haven't listened to it in a while. I don't think I really got Joy Division fully until I heard that record. I'm curious about this other live recording you mentioned, too.
If you click that last youtube link it takes you to the 11 January 1980 live version -- also, someone named fatcatbuzz uploaded most or all of the songs from that bootleg, apparently. The image on youtube is the same CD cover I have, with the "An Evening With..."

I didn't take to Joy Division immediately -- I guess it takes time for a lot of people.
wow, till i followed the link i had no idea the Tom Rush one is on an album i have / and, sure, innocuous/undistinguished. so why do i have it even? maybe for "Driving Wheel"? it's the only thing i can remember ..
Romantic Retrospective
British actress and singer Jane Birkin is best known for her passionate, collaborative, and sometimes controversial relationship with revered French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. Twenty years after his death, Birkin is touring worldwide, performing reworked versions of songs he wrote for her and with her, plus a selection from the celebrated artist’s songbook, all backed by a Japanese string quartet. Come revel in the work of one of the most influential artists of the 1960s and ‘70s courtesy of his illustrious muse, when Jane Birkin arrives at 9:30 Club this Friday.

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.. hmm, if i'd known about this a week or so ago, this would make an interesting entertainment choice for a 3 hr drive. my 9:30 Club experience is an uneven one: Bardo Pond blew me away, GY!BE - a few years past their prime - bored the shit out of me (tho', admittedly, i was fighting with my accompanying date ..), and then there was the show i decided to pass up on / James Brown / no more than 3 months prior to his demise.