Song of the day: Bram Tchaikovsky – "Mr. President"

November 24, 2011

Here’s Bram Tchaikovsky with my favourite song on their 1980 album, The Russians Are Coming:

Bram Tchaikovsky – “Mr. President” (1980)


Whenever I play the album, I turn that song up as loud as I can.

Song of the day: Bram Tchaikovsky – "I’m A Believer"

December 31, 2009

If you’re going to cover “I’m A Believer” then I reckon this is the way to do it – not by playing it the way The Monkees played it (Smash Mouth, I’m looking at you), but by playing it as if it’s a Status Quo song…

Bram Tchaikovsky – “I’m A Believer” (1979)


Here’s the version most people are familiar with:

The Monkees – “I’m A Believer” (1966)


As a super-tremendously-wonderfully-splendidly-magnificent bonus, here are three more versions of the song that I like – versions that don’t come from the “Hey, let’s play it the way The Monkeees played it!” template.

First, here are The Four Tops giving the song a bit of soul, Motowning it up good and proper:

The Four Tops – “I’m A Believer” (1967)


Second, here’s UK singer Robert Wyatt with a very UK – and very 70’s – version:

Robert Wyatt – “I’m A Believer” (1974)


And lastly, here’s Brazilian big band Fórmula 7 with a hip ‘n’ happenin’ version that would make James Last proud:

Fórmula 7 – “I’m A Believer” (1968)