Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ROCK Sex: Son House> Gillian Welch> Depeche Mode

ROCK Sex asks "who's that writing/ John the Revelator"?


Any creative act inspires another. That's the nature of creativity and the mantra of this column. Everything we do tracks back to what has been handed to us from before. Many of the songs we take for granted, such as "House of the Rising Sun", have been around since previous centuries.


BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON ignites today's baton swap. He recorded this country Blues take on an old Gospel song with his wife, Willie B. Harris. (Blind Willie is also responsible for "In My time of Dying" (Dylan, Zeppelin), "Nobody's Fault But Mine" (Zeppelin), and "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" (Fairport Convention).):

BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON -"JOHN THE REVELATOR" (1930)




SON HOUSE did a startling a capella version that became a signature tune in his repertoire:

SON HOUSE -"JOHN THE REVELATOR" (1965)



GILLIAN WELCH and running partner David Rawlings did an epic, confessional sequel to it as the title piece of her classic album:

GILLIAN WELCH -"TIME (THE REVELATOR)" (2001)



DEPECHE MODE also made a sequel as a sociopolitical protest against recent myopic dictatorships. (Sadly, the scathing video wasn't available.):

DM -"JOHN THE REVELATOR" (live, 2005)



"Go tell my disciples..."

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