“Clouds” … aka “Both Sides Now” – Hole


Hole’s pulverising Velvet Underground-style cover of Joni Mitchell’s most famous song. From Hole’s 1991 debut album “Pretty on the Inside,” this will probably piss off a lot of fans of the original. I don’t think it approaches Judy Collins’s very famous cover version from 1968 (one of my Top 10 favorite songs of all time), but I have to give it up to Courtney and company for their original interpretation here.

“Both Sides Now” – Judy Collins

Aside from “Send in the Clowns,” this cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic song is arguably Sweet Judy Blue Eyes’ most famous song.  I first heard this on the radio when I was 7 years old, on some errand with my father. When the song was over, I remember telling my Dad “I really like that song.” My Dad smiled and said “I really like that song too.” No smirk. No smart alecky comment. Just a genuine mutual appreciation of a great song.