“Hey Joe” – Patti Smith

One of the best covers of all time.  This was Smith’s debut single and almost 40 years later, is still a stunner.  Smith reimagines “Hey Joe” as a song about Patty Hearst and her band gradually ratchets up the tension as the song progresses.  Driven by piano and some of the absolute sickest and most intense electric guitar ever recorded, the song explodes into a frenzy of sex, violence, and revolution.  It’s so mind-blowingly intense, it’s easy to see why some critics were actually disappointed by her (damn good) debut album “Horses” which came out a year later.

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