Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs : Under The Covers Vol. 1


stereogum: Cinnamon Girls By The Dozen
(via Cinnamon covers and My Old Kentucky Blog: Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs : Under The Covers Vol. 1)

Sid & Susie - Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young Cover)

Awesome Neil Young cover by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs!

From CD booklet notes:
"We both love Neil to the extreme, and his two-part harmonies work great for us here. Plus, it's a chance to rock! For a moment Sid even thought about changing the word girl to bird. Says Susie, "I love the idea of a cinnamon girl, spicy yet sweet [no pun intended]. Someone you could be "happy with for the rest of your life" as it says in the song. I've always aspired to be like that!"

Also check out Sid & Susie's cover of Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" and other sample MP3's of Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs : Under The Covers

stereogum: Cinnamon Girls By The Dozen:

# Boyd Tinsley - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# Dream Syndicate - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# Hole - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# Kashmir - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# Radiohead - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# Tarik Y La Fábrica De Colores - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# The Constantines - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# The Replicants - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# The Smashing Pumpkins - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)
# Type O Negative - "Cinnamon Girl" (MP3)

From the Decade album, Neil writes: "Wrote this for a city girl on peeling pavement coming at me thru Phil Ochs eyes playing finger cymbals. It was hard to explain to my wife."

Furthermore, according to album Decade's liner notes, Neil wrote "Down by the River", "Cinnamon Girl", and "Cowgirl in the Sand" all in a single afternoon -- while sick with a 103 degree temperature. Also, recorded after being together with the band Crazy Horse for only 2 weeks. Amazing. And definitely one of the coolest song exits ever with the feedback meltdown.

On Radio Paradise, Ladyj posted:
    "While Young does repeat a single note in several places on the song "Cinnamon Girl" - with an odd 1/2 note down open tuning - the rhythm guitar and bass of Crazy Horse, along with the hauntingly evocative lead work of Neil on this piece and also on 'Down By The River' are remarkably unique. Never before or since have I heard the complexities of this remarkable album as Neil Young and The Crazy Horse explore pertinent directions within the unique framework of these two songs."

More on Phil Ochs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


At 4/19/2006 07:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susanah Hoffs ? sounds like Bart Simpson to me...yeah I know she's so HOT,that's the most important thing for a pop star to be--good looking...What did Matthew Sweet need her for anyway? OOPS, almost forgot, she's such a fox..."Be my Yoko Ono..."

At 4/25/2006 01:27:00 PM, Blogger Jim H said...

Here's a neil link for you:

At 10/07/2009 10:07:00 AM, Blogger Duncanmusic said...

Actually there was a minor hit version that charted of Cinammon Girl by The Underground Sunshine that was on a Sun Records (Shelby Singleton Era) Subsidiary that was current with Neil's 2nd LP and way ahead of the Nazareth version by at least 5 years...and it was VERY common then to see cover versions of other acts in the late 60s and early 70s. Check in at
for some of the best in 1960s-70s era bands and check out some of the songlists if you think I am kidding. I'm 58 and have been collecting Neil (I actually still have 45s of 'Emperor of Wyoming'/we the 'Everybody Knows This is Nowhere' alternate version and the 'Cinammon Girl' 45 altrernate version also)and a whole lot of other folks for a long time. At one time I had over 20 45s of covers of Dylan alone that were pre-1970. Back then the record companies had no compunvtion in putting out a cover of what they considered a hip artist if it meant sales...especially if there were some LP track they thought was under appreciated.

At 10/07/2009 10:08:00 AM, Blogger Duncanmusic said...

Ooops! Make that 200 Dylan covers...typo.


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