Song of the Day: When Dylan Mixed Up the Medicine
One of the most influential songs ever, "Subterranean Homesick Blues," was released on March 8 in 1965. And you still don't need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows.
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Dylan’s first electric single (and some say first rock-rap song), “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” was released by Columbia on March 8 in 1965, in advance of his landmark Bringing It All Back Home album. I remember this well: In my high school cafeteria one of the hipsters who had transcribed the lyrics on a sheet of paper and waving it around. I only knew Bob from his folk-protest ditties so….life changing, one might say!
Here are a few versions/videos.
The 1965 alternate Don’t Look Back version which hardly anyone saw for decades but also featuring Ginsberg.
The Bob Roberts’ parody, via Tim Robbins.
A Lumineers live cover.
Harry Nilsson from 1974, with Ringo on drums and Lennon producing.
A 2022 video re-make you may have missed.
Had not heard the Lumineer's version--extends the greatness of Dylan's original.