Rhino’s Got You Covered: Tiny Tim, Sisters of Mercy, Sturgill Simpson, and Jerry Lee Lewis
Itâs Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before. Letâs get started, shall we?
â¢ Tiny Tim, âPeople Are Strangeâ (2006): Itâs doubtful that anyone from Tim on down would argue with the suggestion that heâd qualify for as one of the titular people, but like just about every song that Tim tackled in his lifetime, he made this one his own. Although youâve by now noted that it was released in 2006, it was actually recorded during Timâs stint with Reprise Records (it started in the late â60s and ended in the early â70s), but it didnât see release until Rhino Handmade issued it as part of the 2006 compilation GOD BESS TINY TIM: THE COMPLETE REPRISE STUDIO MATERS... AND MORE.
â¢ Sisters of Mercy, âGimme Shelterâ (1983): This Rolling Stones cover made its debut as a B-side of the Sistersâ 1983 single âTemple of Love,â but it ended up getting considerably more exposure when it popped up on the bandâs 1992 early-singles compilation SOME GIRLS WANDER BY MISTAKE. Given that the Jagger/Richards composition has an immediate association with one of the darker periods in the Rolling Stonesâ history (Altamont), hearing it delivered by Andrew Eldritchâs distinctively threatening vocals is damned near perfect.
â¢ Sturgill Simpson, âIn Bloomâ (2016): Simpson started his career as an indie artist, but he began the process of breaking into the mainstream with his 2016 major-label debut, A SAILORâS GUIDE TO EARTH, which went on to win Best Country Album at the 59th Grammy Awards. This song was released as the albumâs second single, earning crossover success on both Billboardâs Country and Rock charts, where it hit #48 and #37, respectively.
â¢ Jerry Lee Lewis, âOver the Rainbowâ (1980): After helping to kickstart rock ânâ roll in the â50s, the man they call âKillerâ successfully reinvented himself as a country artist. Jerry Lee might not be Judy Garland, but he delivers a likeably honky-tonk take on the iconic song from The Wizard of Oz.