This comes from Chief and the folks at Serious Stache. I dig Chief’s sound, but this cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” is a bit of a departure.
It reminds me of a scene in Almost Famous, as the bus rolls on after Russell dropped acid and screams “I AM A GOLDEN GOD.” You know the one, as the bus passes a farm, Elton John’s vocals come in for “Tiny Dancer.” The shot turns to the inside of the bus, and everybody looks spent and pissed at one another. After a minute or so, the drums come in and the drummer taps along while the bassist starts to sing. At first, he’s greeted with looks of skepticism and annoyance, but then Penny joins him, belting it out. Before long, the entire bus is singing along enthusiastically. It’s one of the most heartening moments of the movie. As a music fan, I want to believe that things like this happen organically on tour buses all the time. (Watch the scene unfold here.)
Maybe’s it’s their beards and long hair - actually, part of it is DEFINITELY the beards and long hair - but what reminds me most of this scene is this organic feeling of Chief playing together. They’re not singing to perform (they’re just chilling at a photo shoot); they’re just singing a Bruce song because they feel like singing a Bruce song. The singers work together on the track, leaving certain parts for solos and others for harmonies. The whole thing struck me as a nice moment. (They absolutely nailed it by the way, just a wonderful rendition.)
Chief - Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen Cover) [MP3]
(Hat tip: HeavyRoc)