“Neanderthal Man” (1970) by Hotlegs

Believe it or not, this was a Top 20 hit in the US and a Number 2 hit in the UK back in 1970. Two of the key members of Hotlegs (Kevin Godley and Lol Creme) later became pivotal members of the band 10CC (“I’m Not in Love,” “The Things We Do For Love”) and then later went on to greater fame as music video directors in the early MTV era (The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit,” and Duran Duran’s notorious X-rated “Girls of Film”). Note the “neanderthal” women who appear later in the clip are wearing knee-high leather boots. My only question is why didn’t the notorious SF punk rock band Flipper record a 4-hour version of this song?

“I’m Not in Love” – Tori Amos

Another unusual and great cover from Amos’s “Strange Little Girls” album. This time, it’s a really creepy and sinister (almost Nine Inch Nails-like) take on 10CC’s 1975 hit “I’m Not in Love.” Much better and more interesting than the decent, but straightforward one done by The Pretenders for the “Indecent Proposal” soundtrack, circa 1993.