Today’s post was going to be a quick and easy one. It started off with just one song – a long-forgotten Australian cover version of an American song – but unfortunately it blossomed into a behemoth of a post featuring about six or seven songs. (I lost count after five.)
It started with a simple question…
Q: What do you get when a bunch of early-70’s Australian hairy rockers play the country ballad “Wichita Lineman“?
A: You get exactly what you think you’re gonna get when a bunch of early-70’s Australian hairy rockers play the country ballad “Wichita Lineman”.
King Harvest – “Wichita Lineman“ (1971)
If you want to compare that to the original, here’s the incomparable original:
Glen Campbell – “Wichita Lineman“ (1968)
Or, if you want to hear the man who wrote it…
Jimmy Webb – “Wichita Lineman“ (1996)
I might as well play you the version by the recently defunctified R.E.M. as well. After all, this is (theoretically) a power pop blog, and a lot of power pop fans apparently like this particular band:
R.E.M. – “Wichita Lineman“ (1996)
But back to King Harvest’s version. If you listened to it all the way through you would have noticed that the band also included a bit of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix“. So…
Glen Campbell – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix“ (1967)
Believe it or not, Glen Campbell’s version ain’t the original. This is:
Johnny Rivers – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix“ (1966)
And here (again) is the chap wrote it:
Jimmy Webb – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix“ (1996)
But this post is supposed to be about “Wichita Lineman”, so how about I finish this post with an ultra-groovy version of it?
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – “Wichita Lineman“ (1969)
Well, this post ended up much longer than I thought it was going to be. Sorry about that.