Song of the day: King Harvest – "Wichita Lineman"

October 5, 2011

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)

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If you want to compare that to the original, here’s the incomparable original:

Glen Campbell – “Wichita Lineman (1968)

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Or, if you want to hear the man who wrote it…

Jimmy Webb – “Wichita Lineman (1996)

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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)

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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)

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Believe it or not, Glen Campbell’s version ain’t the original. This is:

Johnny Rivers – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1966)

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And here (again) is the chap wrote it:

Jimmy Webb – “By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1996)

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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)

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Well, this post ended up much longer than I thought it was going to be. Sorry about that.

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