Welcome to a new ongoing series of freaky, funky, cool, and occasionally downright weird cover songs! A great cover can not only put a smile on our faces by delivering a familiar song in a new light, but also show another side of the performer's personality.
First off, we have New York City's Blues Project delivering a butt kicking version of the excellent Chuck Berry b-side "I Want To Be Your Driver", from 1967. The band ups the intensity of Chuck's original, and features some firey breaks on guitar (Danny kalb) and organ (Al Kooper).
The 1968 debut 45 from Rochester, NY's Rustix was a gritty, funky take on the Motown-styled "When I Get Home", cut in '64 by The Beatles on 'A Hard Day's Night". Duelling vocalists Al Galich and Chuck Brocato do an excellent Sam & Dave impression on this killer version.
Speaking of the Beach Boys, I'll sign off this installment with a downright WIGGED OUT version of the Boys' biggest hit, cut in '67. The chorus section of this song features a tremelo guitar freakout that sounds as if it was conceiving the Spacemen 3 under the influence of some strong LSD.