Play it Again, Sam #46b - "Dear Prudence"
April 19, 2018 4:12pm CST
#46b, the cover version of this morning's #46a original song in this Play it Again, Sam music series, belongs to Siouxsie and the Banshees' cover of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence." I know, I have used Siouxsie and the Banshees about a gazillion times in my music countdowns. Well, here they are again. And rightly so. Their version of "Dear Prudence" is, quite frankly, even better than The Beatles original, as far as I'm concerned. It is the Banshees' biggest British hit, reaching #3. It was released in Britain as a stand alone single, and while it was not released in the States as a single, it was included on the American release of the band's 1984 album, Hyaena. It is the only Siouxsie and the Banshees album featuring The Cure's Robert Smith on guitar. In the first part of this discussion, I alluded to just how many covers of "Dear Prudence" are out there. I'm not even going to bother listing everyone, but check out this notable roster of acts that have covered the song, whether in the studio, or, in some cases, regularly working it into their live sets: Ramsey Lewis, The Jerry Garcia Band, The Five Stairsteps, Leslie West, Sean Lennon, Jaco Pastorious, Saigon Kick, Hiram Bullock, Jeff Lorber, Graham Central Station, Alanis Morissette, and Phish. And to think that John Lennon basically wrote the song as part of an attempt to draw Mia Farrow's sister out of isolation! (Geez, was this a popular tune or what? info verified by Wikipedia)
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