Do you like Pink Floyd? Do you like bluegrass music? Have you ever said to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone combined the two?”
No? Me neither. That’s why I’ve been totally surprised by the awesome that is “Rebuild the Wall” by Luther Wright and the Wrongs. Here’s one of my favourite songs (and one of the most unrecognizable, in bluegrass form) —
Covers can be hit or miss, I know. We were discussing this with friends over the weekend, how the best covers don’t just give you a new insight into the original but make you glad they exist in their own right. That’s how I feel about this album. (And those of you worried about how cringeworthy “In the Flesh Part 2” is going to sound in a southern accent, they solve that problem rather elegantly, I think, with some judicious lyric alterations.)
In the course of that discussion, our friends introduced us to the Scissors Sisters’ disco version of “Comfortably Numb,” which is also well worth your attention:
There you go. A good laugh in the morning makes the whole day worthwhile.
3 thoughts on “Rebuild the Wall”
I’ve had Luther Wright and the Wrongs for a while now, it’s an excellent cover. Not just translating the music to country and western, but adjusting the lyrics as well. Sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant.
Alas, linky no work for me. I’ll have to chase these down elsewhere.
Interesting! Thanks for sharing these covers. I’m a huge Pink Floyd fan, and it’s interesting to hear their work reinterpreted like this.