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Just What I Needed
A cover of The Cars song on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and double bass.
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KindaScratchy
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January 27, 2014 - 8:27 pm
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I stumbled across this great cover of The Cars song "Just What I Needed" by Chris Thile's band Punch Brothers.

It's amazing how they replicate electric guitar parts on acoustic fiddle, mando, banjo, guitar and double bass. I had no idea that Chris Thile could sing, too. Oh, and it's got a funny ending.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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January 27, 2014 - 11:48 pm
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Excellent!! Those guys did it extra right, and the ending gave me a laugh.

What a great find Diane, thank you! smile

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Better than the original, which is what I always want from a cover song.

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KindaScratchy
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January 28, 2014 - 8:08 pm
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Uzi said
Better than the original, which is what I always want from a cover song.

I agree, Uzi. As much as I liked the Cars in the 70s and 80s, I like the Punch Brothers version way better. But then, I've always preferred acoustic music. 

This got me thinking about the original version and what the exact instrumentation was, so I had to look it up on Youtube. Here's a performance from the old Midnight Express TV show:

The banjo part was originally a keyboard/synthesizer, but I think the banjo version actually sounds cooler. Same the end with the solo played on the fiddle in the Punch Brothers version.

 

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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That was great!  Thanks for sharing the video

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