Favorite Cover Songs #8 - "Pictures of Matchstick Men"

@teamfreak16 (36497)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
June 14, 2016 2:35pm CST
#8 in my Favorite Cover Songs series takes us to Redlands, California, birthplace of Camper Van Beethoven (and home of @crossbones27!) Formed in 1983, Camper Van Beethoven is an alternative rock band fronted by vocalist/guitarist David Lowery. In 1989, they scored a #1 hit (Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart) with their cover of The Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men." The Status Quo, meanwhile, is a London-based band formed in 1962 and was, if memory serves, the first act to hit the British stage at Live Aid. The two versions of "Pictures of Matchstick Men" are, for the most part, fairly similar. The Camper version adds a violin and rocks a bit harder, while Status Quo's has a psychedelic feel (it was released in 1968, and was the first of the band's many hits: #7 in the UK, #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.) Otherwise, there really isn't that much difference. The song has also been covered by, among others, Type O Negative. It's Camper Van Beethoven's cover that is the most fun of the three (and I'll readily admit that I haven't heard other versions.) All in all, a great cover of a great song. #8 seems about right.
Music video by Camper Van Beethoven performing Pictures Of Matchstick Men.
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@FourWalls (9946)
• United States
15 Jun 16
If I ever fulfill my dream of getting a camper van I'm going to name it "Beethoven." Great cover, by the way.
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@teamfreak16 (36497)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Jun 16
That's funny!
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@FourWalls (9946)
• United States
15 Jun 16
@teamfreak16 -- wish I could accomplish that by August. Robbie's playing in Denver, and I've never been to Colorado....
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@teamfreak16 (36497)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Jun 16
@FourWalls - Too bad he doesn't come down here to Colorado Springs. Where is he playing up there, does it say?
@JohnRoberts (41078)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Jun 16
The violin by the blonde woman (hot) provides a bit of a Celtic feel.
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@teamfreak16 (36497)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Jun 16
She was pretty hot, wasn't she!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
14 Jun 16
Oh my Scott! Status Quo too forgot about those guys! So many years since I have heard this song..Camper Van Beethoven..what a catchy name too. Love it thanks so much! Yes good ol crossbones. That girl in the band is a lovely redhead.
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@teamfreak16 (36497)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Jun 16
That is a catchy name. I'm glad you remember it!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
14 Jun 16
@teamfreak16 I do Scott with great memories as always.
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@norcal (3270)
• Nevada City, California
15 Jun 16
It's a good song, and they do it well. I guess if I had to choose between the two, I'd pick the Camper Van Beethoven version, but I really like Status Quo's also.
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@teamfreak16 (36497)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Jun 16
Oh yeah, Status Quo's version is awesome.
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• Preston, England
15 Jun 16
love the name Camper Van eethoven - never knew this song had been covered - interesting
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@LoriAMoore (9987)
• United States
15 Jun 16
I didn't realize this group existed. I live under a rock