[Cover Me]: Jeff Buckley and Otis Heat

‘When The Levee Breaks’ – Jeff Buckley (Originally by Led Zeppelin / Memphis Minnie)

I’ve been on a Led Zeppelin kick of late (well, since yesterday in all truthfulness) which has inspired me to upload this rare bootlegged cover of probably my favourite Led Zeppelin song. Jeff Buckley is one of the few musicians who I find truly inspiring; musically he was a visionary with many arrows to his bow. Jeff was a big fan of Led Zeppelin and his take on their reeling, apocalyptic jig is pretty close to the original (which itself was a reworking of a Memphis Minnie tune), but as always Jeff gives a weighty heartfelt rendition and drummer Matt Johnson does a fine job of channelling John Bonham’s meaty drumming.

‘Que Sera Sera’ – Otis Heat (Originally performed by Doris Day, from the film ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’, 1956)

Probably a song you heard your Mum sing in your childhood, Doris Day’s advisory sing-a-long is a lighthearted and jaunty affair. Three piece Portland, OR band Otis Heat, who claim to get their name from the mysterious driver who pulled them from the wreckage of a near fatal car crash, give the Day classic a dream poppy makeover with looped guitar harmonics, Sean O’Neill’s energetically high vocals and dramatic drums. Definitely a band to watch out for in future methinks.

If you want some more awesome Otis Heat lovin’, get a free download of their bluesy cover of swing classic ‘Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t My Baby?’ from their recent album ‘Yoon’ from their website.


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