“Absolutely Sweet Marie” (1983)
The Second Best Bob Cover?
Most of the civilized world agrees that Jimi Hendrix’s electrified version of “All Along The Watchtower” is probably the best BD cover to date, largely for its complete re-invention of Bob’s original acoustic composition. But… what might be the second best Bob cover? Submitted for your approval is Jason And The Scorchers’ “Absolutely Sweet Marie,” a rave-up of hillbilly testosterone that reshapes BD’s original into an all new, catchier-than-all-get-out barn burner. Besides its energy, the cover’s simple brilliance is in turning the phrase “Where are you tonight?” into a repeated chorus. Of course, it may only be the 148th best Bob cover, but pop it into your player for a few days and you won’t be able to shake it. From the band’s 1983 debut EP, Fervor.