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Easy Star All-Stars — Let Down (feat. Toots & The Maytals)
Album: Radiodread
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Released: 2006
Length: 4:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Transport, motorways and tram lines
Starting and then stopping, taking off and landing
The emptiest of feelings, disappointed people, clinging on
To bottles 'cause when it comes it's so, so, so disappointing

Let down and hanging around
Crushed like a bug in the ground
I say let down and hanging around

Shell smashed, juices flowing, wings twitch, legs are going
Don't get sentimental, don't, it always ends up drivel
One day, one day, I am gonna, I am gonna grow wings, a chemical reaction
Hysterical and useless, hysterical and

Let down and hanging around
Crushed like a bug in the ground
I say let down and hanging around

Let down and hanging, let down and hanging, let down and hanging

You know, you know where you are with, you know where you are with
Floor collapsing, falling, bouncing back
One day, one day, I am gonna grow wings, it's a chemical reaction
Hysterical and useless

I say let down and hanging around
Crushed, crushed like a bug in the ground
Let down and hanging around
Comments (143)add comment
This is soooo good!
damn dafuq, I thought this song was an original by Radiohead! 
I learnt something new today.
Great show at the Nectar Lounge (great venue) in Fremont , Seattle a few years back. My favorite cover by a cool cover band. 
 TheKing2 wrote:
But my favourite: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrLnFIkuDBA


( there is not enough martha & the muffins on RP)
 

Whoa - that was interesting, thanks for the link!

I agree - more M&M!
Great artist 
But my favourite: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrLnFIkuDBA


( there is not enough martha & the muffins on RP)
 justin4kick wrote:
The trompet solo sounds like something I would do better. Even though I have never been near such an instrument.
 

I have my doubts.
 nomnol wrote:
Jeez! It's just some fun music. Enjoy!
 
Absolutely! Radiohead’s version and this one are different and both outstanding pieces of music.


 scrubbrush wrote:


depends on your definition of 'better', right?

i'd argue that 'better' generally translates to 'more popular' and there are hundreds of covers that are clearly more popular than the original.

off the top of my head:
the most obvious is Louie Louie - written and first recorded by Richard Berry & The Pharohs - popularized by the Kingsmen. The Kingsman version is (or was in years past) consistently named as one of 'the greatest rock songs of all times'. i doubt the Richard Berry version would even be mentioned in footnotes had it not been for the Kingsmen.
Red Red Wine - written written and first recorded by Neil Diamond is - UB40 version is far more popular
One of my favorites is Sister Morphine - written and first recorded by whatsername (Marianne Faithful? - i think i've heard it here on RP?) - made 'better' by the Stones.
Black Magic Woman - by Fleetwood mac, popularized by Santana
any of 8 to 10 songs 'by' Led Zeppelin are 'covers' of old blues songs (at least the lyrics are covered)
the list is really huge and, in many cases, the cover is so poular that people don't even know that there was an 'original' (like when people hear Bob Marley sing I shot the Sherrif' and ask why all the great classic rock songs get turned into Reggae tunes...)

 
You left out All Along the Watchtower!  Even Bob Dylan preferred Jimi's cover.
A dub version of Echo Beach : 
The trompet solo sounds like something I would do better. Even though I have never been near such an instrument.
Turning the frown upside down.  No, seriously, this is a great, and I think very respectful, cover of a powerful but oh-so-different original.
 choderama wrote:

Ahhhh.. no. Radiohead's is better.

That is almost never true, where the cover is better.

Technically it should never be true... because even on very rare occasions where the cover is 'better' (improves) on the original... it is still a cover, and the orignal artist(s) still did the hardest job of writing the song - even though your, or my, personal opinion is that you like the song more.

 

My vote is for this version. Covers of Radiohead songs are generally better than the originals because they don't have Thom Yorke singing on them. Ironclad exception to your rule. 
Toots!
I must admit that I was horrified at first, being a Radiohead devotee, but this version does have merit.  In fact, I think I like it (as long as I consider it as its own, separate identity).
This has my foot tapping.  Good stuff!
Really terrible!
"Radiodread" Ha! Clever Rasta.
Creates a sense of wonder for me...makes me interested in music....I like that...
 TheKing2 wrote:
This proofs how strong yet flexible the Radiohead songs are. 
 
Definitely proves that radiohead are amazing
 expatlar wrote:
I gather from a quick scan of the comments that this isn't "The Original". Don't care, if it doesn't make you tap or move something you been dead a week.

 
Exactly...and listens to pop music in the coffin.  
 TheKing2 wrote:
This proofs how strong yet flexible the Radiohead songs are. 
 
Great point.  Espeically the instrumental part that somehow sounds so similar with completely different instruments and voicings.
Let Down with Toots is a gem- thanks for turning me on to this-  great album
OK Computer with sweet bud sticking out of it's mouth.
This proofs how strong yet flexible the Radiohead songs are. 
 alcolp96277 wrote:
What the ___ was this?

Insert random word in blank.

 
Fun?
Jeez! It's just some fun music. Enjoy!
 aspicer wrote:
No thank you...completely misses the essence of the original tune.  I'm all for covers, but not when they reference a classic (very vaguely in this case/for credibility) and then just do whatever the hell they want with it....

 
Works better in the context of the album. It's a song for song cover of OK Computer, each track done by a different reggae, ska, or dub artist.

Greenwood and Yorke had nothing but good things to say about it. And maybe that's just down to PR and royalties, but I like to think they were blown away by the transformation.

In fact, I'm gonna fire it up right now and try to decide which track is my favorite.
Heard this a few times now on RP and it's definitely quite likeable.  Makes me kinda curious what the rest of the album is like.  A ska version of No Surprises!....hmmm!
 rpdevotee wrote:
I can't believe the low scores some people give this song.  This is an amazing example of ska music in it's purest and most original form!

 
... except it's a cover. So not at all original.
Meh.
I gather from a quick scan of the comments that this isn't "The Original". Don't care, if it doesn't make you tap or move something you been dead a week.
 alcolp96277 wrote:
What the ___ was this?

Insert random word in blank.
 
Insert > Utter brilliance 
noooooooooo{#Eyes}
No thank you...completely misses the essence of the original tune.  I'm all for covers, but not when they reference a classic (very vaguely in this case/for credibility) and then just do whatever the hell they want with it....
I can't believe the low scores some people give this song.  This is an amazing example of ska music in it's purest and most original form!
The "Karma Police" reggaefied version on this album is the best....
Cheerier than, say, Thom Yorke.    {#Confused}
What the ___ was this?

Insert random word in blank.
 govna wrote:

Took the words right out of my mouth.

 
+1
 adib wrote:
This should be sacrilege, but I'm actually quite enjoying it :-)

 
Took the words right out of my mouth.
This should be sacrilege, but I'm actually quite enjoying it :-)
Nice one from Toots
Give us his riff on John Denver. Perhaps the best cover of all time.
Take me home, West Jamaica 
{#Naughty}
Toots and the Maytals doing Radiohead is a bloody sight better than Radiohead doing Radiohead.
Maybe it's because it's a sunny saturday moring 3->7
STOP!!!!!
 Annekatherine wrote:
Why would you do this. You can't just turn radioheads most beautiful song into a happy-go-lucky reggae tune :( 

 
Ha ha! But imagine being a fly on the wall during that conversation. Somebody must have thought they were having a laugh with the great Toots right up until the moment when he said "Sure, let's cover a Radio head song."



Why would you do this. You can't just turn radioheads most beautiful song into a happy-go-lucky reggae tune :( 
Modern day guilty pleasure
I need this
What an abomination. 
{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}MORE MORE MORE!!!! Seen live!!! Great Concert!!!
"Not to everyone's taste but I think it's kinda cool" (Bill)Made me actually rate this song. {#Wink}
{#Stop} NO NO NO   
 
 DavidFromHouston wrote:
Radiohead's version of this and Jeff Buckley's rendition of "Hallelujah".

Two songs that should never be covered.

It's sort of like any man who tries to sing like Barry White. You just can't do it. Give up.

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Yuck.

 
So what youre saying is that in your opinion, Leonard Cohen should not be able to sing his own song because someone else, who happens to be dead did another version which you prefer?!
after a few whiskeys, 20 Marlborogh and 6 hrs sleep I DO sound like Barry White.

 DaidyBoy wrote:

Yes Yes Yes,  and I've seen Radiohead live.  This makes me smile right up.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfkPmbg1ymM   ?
Radiohead's version of this and Jeff Buckley's rendition of "Hallelujah".

Two songs that should never be covered.

It's sort of like any man who tries to sing like Barry White. You just can't do it. Give up.

1

Yuck.
My opinion: just a noise....anything more
Took me a long time to remember the original version of this song.  I think it's rather boring so this is a great cover to me.
Their version of "Wanna Be Startin Something" is a hoot.
This is growing on me.
Why?
Reggae = PSD
 marcoshs wrote:
This is f* nice! {#Music}

 
{#Yes}{#Dancingbanana_2}
After a latelate-night emergency coding session yes, yes: this is f*in nice. 

So long, Meester David Let-Ter-man and thanks for all the memories.  
 MargaretRose wrote:
NO NO NO!!!!!!!  {#No} 
 
Yes Yes Yes,  and I've seen Radiohead live.  This makes me smile right up.
For those not familiar with Easy Star All Stars and their reimaginings of entire albums here's this:

In February 2003, Easy Star All-Stars released a cover album of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon entitled Dub Side of the Moon, a complete reggae reinterpretation of the Pink Floyd album. Dub Side of the Moon has remained on the Billboard Reggae Charts since its release in 2003. It features instructions on how to synchronize the record with The Wizard of Oz, referencing the audiovisual pairing sometimes referred to as Dark Side of the Rainbow.

Dub Side of the Moon was followed by the 2006 release of Radiodread, a reimagining of Radiohead's album OK Computer. At a 2006 Radiohead concert, Thom Yorke praised Toots & The Maytals version of "Let Down" on Radiodread. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has also praised the cover version, calling it "truly astounding."

 

Dub Side of the Moon is excellent, as is Radiodread. Their Lonely Heart's Dub Band version of Sgt. Pepper's is also worth checking out too.


NO NO NO!!!!!!!  {#No} 
Bill I am with you on this one. Seen Toots many times. They are so important in the History of Reggae and to do a Radiohead cover just shows the extent of their genius.
 
I didn't even know this was a cover until I came here.  One of the few benefits of not really hearing any lyrics when you listen to music, I guess.
This is f* nice! {#Music}
 jazzface78 wrote:
This is really good.  Great take on a great song. 

 
I like a really cool, weird, innovative cover. It stands up on its own and allows reflection on the original. Two fer the price of one, as it were...
 lemmoth wrote:

If you think Marianne Faithfull wrote that song by herself you don't know much about the Rolling Stones my friend.

Good points on Black Magic Woman and I shot the Sherrif

I always think of Neil Diamond (and Carol King) as songwriters first who decided to record their own output. 

 

I stand corrected, although i would still like to believe that I know a fair-bit about the Stones...

Sister Morphine .... written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull released a version of the song as the b-side to her 1969 single "Something Better" on Decca Records, 21 February 1969. Although sung live to a backing track by Faithfull at The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, that film was never televised and "Something Better" did not hit the UK chart, an estimated 500 copies only being issued by Decca. A different version was released two years later by The Rolling Stones as a track on their 1971 album Sticky Fingers
 
This is really good.  Great take on a great song. 
Okay ... now you're rolling - no more squeaky pretentious women singers, please.
This is great.
 mccuff wrote:
Are you kidding?! How cool is that version?!
 

 
I'll sencond that motion {#Jump}
I don't subscribe to the term 'better' when describing songs.  The amount of people that likes or prefers one over another is meaningless unless you end time now.  And then it's even more meaningless!
LOVE the whole concept of this album!
 
 
I didn't know RP had any of it - awesome.
 scrubbrush wrote:

depends on your definition of 'better', right?

i'd argue that 'better' generally translates to 'more popular' and there are hundreds of covers that are clearly more popular than the original.

off the top of my head:
the most obvious is Louie Louie - written and first recorded by Richard Berry & The Pharohs - popularized by the Kingsmen. The Kingsman version is (or was in years past) consistently named as one of 'the greatest rock songs of all times'. i doubt the Richard Berry version would even be mentioned in footnotes had it not been for the Kingsmen.
Red Red Wine - written written and first recorded by Neil Diamond is - UB40 version is far more popular
One of my favorites is Sister Morphine - written and first recorded by whatsername (Marianne Faithful? - i think i've heard it here on RP?) - made 'better' by the Stones.
Black Magic Woman - by Fleetwood mac, popularized by Santana
any of 8 to 10 songs 'by' Led Zeppelin are 'covers' of old blues songs (at least the lyrics are covered)
the list is really huge and, in many cases, the cover is so poular that people don't even know that there was an 'original' (like when people hear Bob Marley sing I shot the Sherrif' and ask why all the great classic rock songs get turned into Reggae tunes...)


 
If you think Marianne Faithfull wrote that song by herself you don't know much about the Rolling Stones my friend.

Good points on Black Magic Woman and I shot the Sherrif

I always think of Neil Diamond (and Carol King) as songwriters first who decided to record their own output. 
Is this 'BlueBeat' or ''Ska'' anyone know and if so what is the diff ??
Are you kidding?! How cool is that version?!
 
Oh, here comes this wacky cover again.....
I have 2 days off here in DC cuz of the blizzard that hit my coast in this all-time coldest of winters.{#Lol}

This is the all-time greatest expressions of song but it is a Radiohead song and this is the most miserablist covers ever in history.{#Lol}
{#Sunny}
I love Toots
I love Radiohead
I actually find this version to be very, very cool. 
it's so precarious...both the joy and sorrow of the song at the same time..a true conundrum! A pure joy!
 use PSD button - that's what I do when Lana Del Rey or Cloud Cult (or someone with a similar name - you know, that band with a singer with whining/irritating voice {#Sick}) are on {#Yes}
I find these ones refreshing {#Whistle}

sronis wrote:
why Bill? why are you doing this to us? {#Frustrated}

 


I totally dig the Easy Dub Allstars, and their Rock cover albums of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Radiohead.
I love everyone of those bands, I love Reggae, I love Rock = YES!
"Let Down" feat Toots and The Maytals is MOST EXCELLENT.

Thx for the diversity Bill. 
why Bill? why are you doing this to us? {#Frustrated}
this is so unfortunate.
 choderama wrote:

Ahhhh.. no. Radiohead's is better.

That is almost never true, where the cover is better.

Technically it should never be true... because even on very rare occasions where the cover is 'better' (improves) on the original... it is still a cover, and the orignal artist(s) still did the hardest job of writing the song - even though your, or my, personal opinion is that you like the song more.

 
depends on your definition of 'better', right?

i'd argue that 'better' generally translates to 'more popular' and there are hundreds of covers that are clearly more popular than the original.

off the top of my head:
the most obvious is Louie Louie - written and first recorded by Richard Berry & The Pharohs - popularized by the Kingsmen. The Kingsman version is (or was in years past) consistently named as one of 'the greatest rock songs of all times'. i doubt the Richard Berry version would even be mentioned in footnotes had it not been for the Kingsmen.
Red Red Wine - written written and first recorded by Neil Diamond is - UB40 version is far more popular
One of my favorites is Sister Morphine - written and first recorded by whatsername (Marianne Faithful? - i think i've heard it here on RP?) - made 'better' by the Stones.
Black Magic Woman - by Fleetwood mac, popularized by Santana
any of 8 to 10 songs 'by' Led Zeppelin are 'covers' of old blues songs (at least the lyrics are covered)
the list is really huge and, in many cases, the cover is so poular that people don't even know that there was an 'original' (like when people hear Bob Marley sing I shot the Sherrif' and ask why all the great classic rock songs get turned into Reggae tunes...)

 choderama wrote:

I'd say this is more raggae than ska.

I'm not one to play stereotypes, but there is a Jamacan flag on the album.. with a Jamacan dude on the front... and the album title has the word 'dread' in it... not to mention it just plain sounds like a raggae song and not a ska song.

 
"Ska" is a music form which started in Jamaica in the late 1950's and early 60's.  It was a forerunner of reggae.  The fact that the recording was made by some Jamaicans does not disqualify this song form being considered "ska".  From the Toots and The Maytals website:

Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock.

I guess it still comes down to one's opinion of what ska and reggae sound like.

In reference to the debate about what genre this song is in, I've always thought if it had horns it had to be ska, even if i sounded like it was reggae. A bit over-simplistic I guess, but I found this article on google which agrees, although it includes other differences as well:  Difference Between SKA and Reggae
Toots Hibbert Jamaica's Otis Redding
 choderama wrote:

I'd say this is more raggae than ska.

I'm not one to play stereotypes, but there is a Jamacan flag on the album.. with a Jamacan dude on the front... and the album title has the word 'dread' in it... not to mention it just plain sounds like a raggae song and not a ska song.

 

At the risk of being pedantic, you do know what ska is, right?  He's not talking about ska punk.

This album includes tracks redone as reggae, ska, and dub.  And this track is most definitely in the vein of ska.

I would love to hear some tracks from their Dub Side of The Moon LP played on RP.  Good stuff that will surely stir the pot. 

 jbunniii wrote:
Ha, this is at least as good as the original!
 
Ahhhh.. no. Radiohead's is better.

That is almost never true, where the cover is better.

Technically it should never be true... because even on very rare occasions where the cover is 'better' (improves) on the original... it is still a cover, and the orignal artist(s) still did the hardest job of writing the song - even though your, or my, personal opinion is that you like the song more.

 fredriley wrote:

As it happens, this is ska, at least to my uneducated ears. And if reggae is any sort of music, it's religious and political, though pretty much any musical genre (apart from Goth, maybe) can be happy, sad, political, apolitical,  danceable, undanceable {insert adjective of choice}

 
I'd say this is more raggae than ska.

I'm not one to play stereotypes, but there is a Jamacan flag on the album.. with a Jamacan dude on the front... and the album title has the word 'dread' in it... not to mention it just plain sounds like a raggae song and not a ska song.

Ha, this is at least as good as the original!
 Tippster wrote:
Reggae is happy music?  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
As it happens, this is ska, at least to my uneducated ears. And if reggae is any sort of music, it's religious and political, though pretty much any musical genre (apart from Goth, maybe) can be happy, sad, political, apolitical,  danceable, undanceable {insert adjective of choice}

Hysterical! I love it!
love this song & LOVE this remake..
Reggae is happy music?  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

There are some happy Blues songs as well, I guess, but "3 Little Birds" et al. was the exception, not the rule.
This is funny for once, but I'm afraid my rating will drop each time I hear it again.
 TheKing2 wrote:
this is absurdly awesome.
 
Fixed that for you. {#Dance}

 rdo wrote:
 Shouc wrote:
This is f'n brilliant. Radiohead in happy mode, I love it. One of my favourite Radiohead tracks.

Listen to the lyrics:

Transport.  Motorways & tramlines.  Starting and then stopping.   Taking off and landing.  The emptiest of feelings.

And later on:

one day.  I am going to grow wings.  A chemical reaction. Hysterical & usleless.  Don't get sentimental.  It always ends up drivel.

The song is a cry out against the mundane and repetitive, it expresses a longing for release from the monotony of things like transport and sentimentality.  It is not at all conducive to the suffocating triteness of the don't worry, be happy attitude that is Reggae.  
 
I don't think "Dont' Worry Be Happy" is the norm for Reggae, at least not the Reggae I hear (which is mostly here): most Bob Marley, "Downpressor Man"... In that vein of Reggae I think Radiohead fits just fine.

Best version ever. hell yes, this puts you in the moood....
Nutty.
I'm gonna make myself a drink with lots of tequila and pour it in my lap.
This is about what you'd expect for "Radiohead in a Reggae style".

I wish they'd done something a little more original. This one's just standard Reggae fare with a borrowed melody. Meh.

this is cool
this is absurd
 rdo wrote:
 Shouc wrote:
This is f'n brilliant. Radiohead in happy mode, I love it. One of my favourite Radiohead tracks.

Listen to the lyrics:

Transport.  Motorways & tramlines.  Starting and then stopping.   Taking off and landing.  The emptiest of feelings.

And later on:

one day.  I am going to grow wings.  A chemical reaction. Hysterical & usleless.  Don't get sentimental.  It always ends up drivel.

The song is a cry out against the mundane and repetitive, it expresses a longing for release from the monotony of things like transport and sentimentality.  It is not at all conducive to the suffocating triteness of the don't worry, be happy attitude that is Reggae.  
 

I can't say I disagree, I have the same feelings about Reggae. Maybe that's why I enjoy the "bummerhead" lyric content over the syrupy sweet reggae, it's a nice, uncommon juxtaposition.


Wow, that is shocking. I can see maybe not loving them (tho' I do) but a 1? Maybe there is some cure for musical antipathy that seemingly totally misdirected.

 
walk wrote:

Who voted "1" for Toots?  You may be allergic to good music, have that checked.


 


I saw these guys two nights ago.  Great show.  No vomiting.


 rdo wrote:
Listen to the lyrics:

Transport.  Motorways & tramlines.  Starting and then stopping.   Taking off and landing.  The emptiest of feelings.

And later on:

one day.  I am going to grow wings.  A chemical reaction. Hysterical & usleless.  Don't get sentimental.  It always ends up drivel.

The song is a cry out against the mundane and repetitive, it expresses a longing for release from the monotony of things like transport and sentimentality.  It is not at all conducive to the suffocating triteness of the don't worry, be happy attitude that is Reggae.  
 
I think it works well with the more optimistic take on the lyrics.  It's not as good as the original, no.  Hell, VERY few songs are.  But this is a good take on it, IMO.

Who voted "1" for Toots?  You may be allergic to good music, have that checked.


 malvey254 wrote:
Saw these guys in concert last night - terrific show.  Check them out if they come to your town.  Thanks RP for turning me on to another great band.

I know I'm way too old to be going to concerts any more (32 going on 33), but do I have a right to be annoyed if the guy standing in front of me throws up 30 seconds into the first song?
 
Too old? At 32? Pah. . . I have been going to gigs for over 36 years and shall continue to do so whatever it takes. . . including having my own private nurse and bathchair. (in fact that is something I can look forward to as I get older)

As for having someone chuck up in front of you. . . that is out of order.