Buried Treasures – Cat Power: Naked, If I Want To
Chan Marshall aka Cat Power’s cover of Moby Grape’s “Naked If I Want To” is amazing. I’ve always had this strange fascination with Moby Grape. My affinity for them and Procul Harum are very parallel, but these are stories for another day. This is just a phenomenal cover. Moby Grape released it in 1967 and Chan Marshall put it on her 2000 album, The Covers Record. Her version is yearning, melancholy and just plain awesome.
When it comes to covers, there’s always a lot of talk about doing “justice” to the original. This not only does it justice, but blows it away. In my opinion, it’s a playful look at being free within a relationship.