Daily Song Study

Robbie Rist – Mr. Bad Example

In songs on June 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I mentioned earlier that one good test of a song is whether it can be reinterpreted well by others. Here’s an example where the cover surpasses the original, in my opinion.

This is a Warren Zevon song, but here’s it’s done by Robbie Rist (also known as the infamous Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch). His version appeared on the Zevon tribute album my version of Mohammed’s Radio was on (available here), and he later sang backing vocals on my tune The Skyline Hotel.

The song is sung from the viewpoint of an unrepentant asshole, the kind who does so well in this world, much to everyone else’s chagrin. Robbie’s delivery helps underscore the recklessness of the lyrics.

Great tune + great performance = greatness.


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