Looks like the Jukebox is stuck on repeat a bit today. The 60's were a time when bands played covers so often that they became veritable standards. A few songs were particular to the garage set (think Louie, Louie/ Money) but Buffy Sainte-Marie's Cod'ine became a crossover from garage on into psych mainly due to its heavily drug oriented lyrics and story of redemption. Despite her original being a very strident folk song, it did lend itself well to harder interpretations and still continues to be a favorite today (I last recall Oakley Hall doing a pretty great version). So for better or worse, here's Codine presented by the Jukebox. *note the song is spelled Cod'ine but many of the artists do drop the apostrophe.

[MP3] Buffy Sainte-Marie - Cod'ine
The original song as a folk anthem to the perils of drug addiction and the depths of desperation that it lead to. For all her soap box folk anthems, this tortured epic still remains one of her most striking songs to date.

[MP3] Charlatans - Codine
This San Francisco psych group sped up the tempo, put some swing into it, but added a nice touch of effected guitar officially transitioning it into psych territory. Their version lacks a bit of the desperation and clocking in just around 2 minutes, really makes the song into more of a pop tune than was probably ever intended.

[MP3] Gram Parsons - Codine
A bit of a scratchy outtake, but fair nonetheless. Parsons keeps the song pretty straight forward folk but for all the ways that Gram probably could have sympathized with the content he doesn't dig in nearly as much as Buffy does on the original. Classic GP but it would have been interesting to here a version done in the true spirit of country psych he would come to later embody.

[MP3] Quicksilver Messanger Service - Codine
Another San Fran staple grabs this tune and makes it their own. The harmonized vocals really do the song justice and Quicksilver's long impassioned jam style fits like it was made for this song.

[MP3] The Wizards From Kansas - Codine
The band weren't from San Francisco but they played up the style nicely. Their version also takes a psych bent on the song but with a much heavier fuzz quotient than any of the other versions. The guitars are filled with anguish, even more so than the Quicksilver version which is a testament to the skill that this often overlooked band possessed.

[MP3] 31st of February - Cod'ine
Clocking in at over 6 minutes, this version takes the most long winded psych approach to the number. The vocals can't quite reach that state of degradation and pain that the best covers do, but the psych accoutrements make a nice addition to the song.
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posted by dissensous at 10:26:00 AM


Anonymous bdan said...

Great song. Donovan has a well known version of it as well.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Litter also had one.
Excellent post, as usual. Some of these were extremely druggy, but really cool though.
My tuesdays are really awful because my class load is crap, but these really brighten up my day

8:46 PM  

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