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Ben l'Oncle Soul — Seven Nation Army
Album: Ben l'Oncle Soul
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1560









Released: 2010
Length: 2:57
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm gonna fight 'em off
A seven nation army couldn't hold me back
They're gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back

And I'm talking to myself at night
Because I can't forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette
And the message coming from my eyes
Says leave it alone
Leave it alone (x3)

Don't want to hear about it
Every single one's got a story to tell
Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the hounds of hell

And if I catch it coming back my way
I'm gonna serve it to you
And that ain't what you want to hear
But that's what I'll do
And a feeling coming from my bones
Says find a home
Find a home (x3)

And a feeling coming from my bones
Says find a home
Find a home
Go back home
Go back home
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VV wrote:
I'm giving it a "Marginal 2" rating. And even that is being kind. Great song that didn't deserve this treatment.

  
Is it because he is a French guy ? Racist !!! 

Papyjeff 



And where in his comment did you get that he was "racist? I was born in France and I gave it a 3.
Some sweet funk. 7->8
Long Live                                                                                                                                      Radio Paradise
My rating is                                                                              8 - Most Excellent     but very SOLID
Going to Wichita...
This is cute. Kinda. 
 Papyjeff wrote:

Is it because he is a French guy ? Racist !!!

 
 
Yuk yuk yuk,,,
 
Good tune though!
Can't stand this since it has become a hymn for soccer stadiums. I prefer tennis.
This rocks!
 rhw wrote:
What a fun cover. I like this one. 
 
Me, too!
 VV wrote:
I'm giving it a "Marginal 2" rating. And even that is being kind. Great song that didn't deserve this treatment.

 
Is it because he is a French guy ? Racist !!!
 Shmelo wrote:

Way to take a song and strip all the life out of it! 

Pure, unadulterated garbage.

 
Wouldn't taking something and somehow corrupting or debasing it make it "adulterated"?
 VV wrote:
I'm giving it a "Marginal 2" rating. And even that is being kind. Great song that didn't deserve this treatment.

 
Many "great" songs get covered. You could view it as a sign of respect (or envy...or laziness). IMO, the song is solid enough to survive the "treatment" you mention and still pull me in.  


I'm giving it a "Marginal 2" rating. And even that is being kind. Great song that didn't deserve this treatment.
 Shmelo wrote:

Way to take a song and strip all the life out of it!

 

Pure, unadulterated garbage.



 
This is a complete "alternative fact"! {#Lol}
 Shmelo wrote:

Way to take a song and strip all the life out of it!

 

Pure, unadulterated garbage.



 

Way to take a song and strip all the life out of it!

 

Pure, unadulterated garbage.


 DaidyBoy wrote:
Most excellent.  Can never be too groovy.

 
Right ?
 MassivRuss wrote:
Meh. Fun, I suppose, but is there really much of anything here to distinguish this from the WS original? No? Sounds like a few overdub tracks laid down on top of the original. Big deal.

{#Ask}

 
Play the two versions back to back. They're chalk and cheese. I prefer this one.
What a fun cover. I like this one. 
loungey
 baylees wrote:
Good cover. Nice adaption.

 
Yes
Good cover. Nice adaption.
not a fan of his vocals. kind of annoying...
 MassivRuss wrote:

Wrong, the original was only guitar and drums, but whatevs
Meh. Fun, I suppose, but is there really much of anything here to distinguish this from the WS original? No? Sounds like a few overdub tracks laid down on top of the original. Big deal.

{#Ask}

 


We be dancin' in the kitchen like late middle-aged dads!
{#War}{#Cheesygrin}
{#Bounce}
And the chair dancing commences-now!
 ditto

DaidyBoy wrote:
Most excellent.  Can never be too groovy.

 


 {#Cool}
DaidyBoy wrote:
Nicely funky for my Monday morning.  Puts a sweet little spring in my step.  Thanks again.
 


Don't overthink it, peoples....it's just a good tune! {#Dance} Enjoy!
Meh. Fun, I suppose, but is there really much of anything here to distinguish this from the WS original? No? Sounds like a few overdub tracks laid down on top of the original. Big deal.

{#Ask}
Nicely funky for my Monday morning.  Puts a sweet little spring in my step.  Thanks again.
Notes it very very much {#Motor}
Notes! 
Totally grooving on this today....{#Dancingbanana_2}
Most excellent.  Can never be too groovy.

aaaaah, good times {#Dance}


One could do a masters thesis on the tendency for some songs to provoke great dissension and others not so much!
(BTW, I like this version maybe more than Jack's—don't love or hate either of them.)
clever arrangment
{#Frustrated}
No room in my life for either version - way too overplayed...{#Hand}
There is room in my world for both versions of this song.
A big ZERO
I like the White Stripes version and I like this version also.  Takes some of the bombast out of the original and puts some funk in it's place.  Good twist all the way around.
Works for me!
I've been on Jack White burnout for the last year or two, but this is reminder of what great music he's written.  Very nice cover.
 caregiver wrote:
 Vinco wrote:
How can anyone stil listen to this song? Especially this horrible, weak-ass version.. {#No}  
 
With my head a-noddin' and my toes a-tappin'.  That's how.  {#Yes}



 
Yep.. Noddin all the way
Like a cold coffee, with too much sugar  {#No}
Weird. For some strange reason, this tune was in my head this AM. Just turned RP on and this is the 2nd tune!

I'm off to do the lottery and put a bet on a nag!
 kaybee wrote:
I'm not familiar with the original or other covers, but I like this version.
 
The Stripes were heavy... This version is just plain groooovy..

I'm not familiar with the original or other covers, but I like this version.
since i could give a rat's ass about  the White Stripes, as in "who?", i like this tune.  kind of makes you bob up and down in the chair.  while not quite chair dancing per se, it is kind of like the bottom of a pot full of water where the bubbles start forming but don't actually break away and boil.  kind of like nucleate chair dancing.
{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2} woooo!!!
 Vinco wrote:
How can anyone stil listen to this song? Especially this horrible, weak-ass version.. {#No}  
 
With my head a-noddin' and my toes a-tappin'.  That's how.  {#Yes}


How can anyone stil listen to this song? Especially this horrible, weak-ass version.. {#No}  
ke pa
damn, it's good!!!
Two minutes and 59 seconds of joy.
Love this version. Keep playing it RP!
never heard it before. love it.
I like folks trying to add their own take on a nice tune, but this... this just sucks.  It's also a bummer that this is in fairly heavy rotation: I could prob'ly handle once per decade or so, but now it's being played about once every two weeks, which is roughly a factor of 1,000 too often.
An uninspired faux reggae rendition. 
Better than the Original! (imho) 

(OK, ok, Different is sometimes Better...heard the Stripes version too much perhaps....can hear you Stripes fans coming for me now....)
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:

You guys need to loosen up, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I find it to be an interesting take. You remind me of the protestors to Dylan going electric….

 
Dylan went electric? SELLOUT
 BijouBijou wrote:
OHMYGOD what is this deliciousness?!
 
The whole EP is odd covers.

His version of "Barbie Girl" kills.
An example of the maxim 'being able to do something does not mean you should.'

You guys need to loosen up, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I find it to be an interesting take. You remind me of the protestors to Dylan going electric….



 

the horror...
Bad covers of cherished songs bring a deep and abiding sadness to my heart.
I BEG that never gets played on RP again. It's like they took a good song and sucked all the good out of it. That "artist" should be electrocuted.
I really don't know what to make of this cover. Initial reaction is shock and horror. But then, it's a really good song to begin with ... 
What a worthy cover.
OHMYGOD what is this deliciousness?!
The nerve the original version has is completely stripped here
OK RP...looks like I will have to turn on my White Stripes now...this is a great song lyrically and I usually listen to WS - VERY loud while I exercise.  This version is a "sing along"
I like it. Very different flavour of the song - less marching, more funky.
Cheers for the non-too-serious cover song!
 tomdcc wrote:
Have heard this cover on RP a LOT, and hardly ever the (much better) original. Please play the original!
 
I think I heard the original here a couple of weeks ago.
 tomdcc wrote:
Have heard this cover on RP a LOT, and hardly ever the (much better) original. Please play the original!
 
Bill played it a lot "back in the day". Hard to believe that song's almost 10 years old already...
 tomdcc wrote:
Have heard this cover on RP a LOT, and hardly ever the (much better) original. Please play the original!
 
Agreed!  This still gets a 7, but the Stripes version would get a solid 9, if not 10!

Even better cover of this song was performed on The Voice last week: https://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/behind-the-voice-jamar-rogers/17wharivh?cpkey=b053a436-03d1-4e75-accf-3dd69965d19c|||| (hope the link works for Americans, it doesn't work in Canada)
Ben has better than this but this is still pretty cool.

If you like Sharon Jones, you'll like this CD. His EP of covers is great!
Weak!  

Original is better.
Have heard this cover on RP a LOT, and hardly ever the (much better) original. Please play the original!
Never thought I would write this but this cover and Alice Russell's are as good as the original. I'm not a big fan of covers (Wyclef doing "Wish You Were Here", anyone?) but this is a superb effort without taking the edge from the original. Good on Ben and Alice.

Greetings from London.

A Cuban in London.
It's not the the song, it's the soul. Love the muted horns played by real human beings, and Ben's expression of exactly what he is feeling: vocalization of his soul. Play it like it is, man. I'm right there with ya!
That stripes cover made my whole family spontaneously dancing around me! :) very cool!
Sweet cover!
 jools wrote:
Bet he plays the White Stripes next!!!
 
Nope {#Ass} Bonobo

I like this!! Who knew that the White Stripes could be so funky?

I'm changing my middle name to l'Oncle. . . 
 
 sirdroseph wrote:


Let's get this straight, you should always put chickens on your album cover if given the opportunity.{#Yes}
 

{#Lol}
Bet he plays the White Stripes next!!!
Big Shit... !
Ben l'Oncle Soul can do better than this.
I've heard a gimmick anyway listenning in another song, and (still... ) a reggae-tempo...
Bof, poor frenchie, not representative.
Mick, frenchman.
 MiracleDrug wrote:

so they should have put pictures of CHICKENS on his album cover? {#Confused}

 

Let's get this straight, you should always put chickens on your album cover if given the opportunity.{#Yes}


Wow.  this is way cooler than White Stripe's version.
 fortyonejb wrote:
This is pretty cool, has a very Cee-lo feel to it.
 
Exactly... and I love Cee-lo.  More than that... it feels like Dangermouse too.

This is nice even though it's not Gnarls
 MiracleDrug wrote:

so they should have put pictures of CHICKENS on his album cover? {#Confused}
 
HA!!

I get you're point. Song must have made me temporarily insane. At least I hope.

Still don't like it, but do like chickens. In a totally platonic way....

i better shut up. 
 DeemerDave wrote:
Love when someone can take a great song, completely reinvent it, and make it still sound great. Nice work Ben.{#Dancingbanana}
 
Exactly. I now have two versions of the song that I like, but for different moods.

 gemtag wrote:
Barely acceptable, Too repetitive. Sounds too much like Maroon 5 for me. Album cover is all about him.

 
so they should have put pictures of CHICKENS on his album cover? {#Confused}

 HoneyBearKelly wrote:
:heresy:
I like it better than the original.
 

My wife totally disagrees with you.

thought you should know
Barely acceptable, Too repetitive. Sounds too much like Maroon 5 for me. Album cover is all about him.

:heresy:
I like it better than the original.
Better than the original. IMHO, of course. {#Biggrin}{#Dance}

Plus, everything's better with a little Hammond Organ!

Horrifying. Sometimes covers improve on the original. And sometimes, this happens.
I hit the button and bought his EP off itunes a few minutes ago.

Just too catchy. Loved the live video.
This has a nice retro feel - 7 for Seven Nation Army.
You have to be careful with marmalade-its powerful stuff. 
 toomanyollys wrote:
Perhaps the extra piece of toast n' marmalade I've had this morning is making me crazy, but 8 > 9!
 


Agreed! I just did the same. I really like this version and it's improving with more airplay.
 DoctorHooey wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWWZx8P9MAA - even better live version!
 
Thanks. That was fun! Recommended.
I'm sorry.  The White Stripes is a decent band, and this is not even one of their better songs.  The cover? no comment.
Bumping to a 9 because this is everything that you can ask for from a cover song. He makes the song his own (and arguably improves on original).
Perhaps the extra piece of toast n' marmalade I've had this morning is making me crazy, but 8 > 9!
So, is this guy the thief?  Or is it Jack White?

Okay.  This guy.  Alas, theft doesn't necessarily imply any improvement upon the already-awful. . . .
really funky, swings
Saw him open for Sharon Jones - Old School, love it!

Love it.