WTF?! Wednesdays: Marc Ribot, “The Wind Cries Mary” (1990)

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This week I’m taking a break from the truly bizarre to have a short visit with the only moderately bizarre. So if you’re looking for something that sounds like a vacuum cleaner motor in distress, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, if you’re a huge Jimi Hendrix fan and are easily upset with less than respectful covers of his hallowed material? Well, you won’t be disappointed. Or maybe you will. Or something.

Anyway, guitarist Marc Ribot has been putting his sideways spin on music for decades now. When Rootless Cosmopolitans first came out, it was the originals that blew me away. The covers (including a completely busted take on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”)? They made me laugh.

And so here is a recently live version of Ribot and Ceramic Dog playing “The Wind Cries Mary” as a post-apocalyptic, blistering funk. Sure, it sounds nothing like the original. Is that what you were expecting?

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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