Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Claypool Lennon Delirium Covers The Beatles

I don't believe Sean Lennon has previously outright rejected being compared to his father the way other musicians with famous musician parents have, but he never actually encouraged it. That seemed to change earlier this year with the release of The Claypool Lennon Delirium's Monolith of Phobos, his most Beatles-like work yet. Back in August, the band (which also includes Les Claypool, obviously) played at the House of Blues in Boston. I wasn't able to make the show, but luckily WGBH's Front Row Boston did, and they captured an absolutely mind-melting cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows." It's a pure psychedelic showcase for Lennon. He basically has the voice of John, the guitar chops of George, and the noise rock pedigree of someone who's toured with Sonic Youth. It's nearly eight minutes of wonderful, and you need to hear this. What's truly bizarre is that Sean Lennon has been dismissed for just about two decades as just being John Lennon's kid, and not truly taken seriously, which is truly unfortunate as he's been quietly releasing consistently great music all this time. By covering his dad, he might be finally stepping out on his own.

To check out The Claypool Lennon Delirium's cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows," head on over to WGBH's website. And while you're there, check out their archive of fantastic, multi-camera pro-shot live videos. It's the best internet wormhole you'll fall down in a long time. For more on The Claypool Lennon Delirium, check out their website.

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