Let's address the elephant in the room... who would ever imagine calling your rock band "Ham Sandwich" or anything relating to food in general?
Well, kudos to them. We think Ham Sandwich is a great name for a group! And even more amazing, they know how to select cover songs. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) is one of Talking Heads greatest songs, and is also the centerpiece of one of the best concert movies of all-time, Stop Making Sense (1984).
Talking Heads Version
Here is a clip of that movie, where David Byrnes and Talking Heads is singing that song, along with the infamous Lamp Dance.
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
It's always hard to cover a Masterpiece, however, Ham Sandwich decided to their best to add their own spin on it.
Ham Sandwich - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (COVER)
HamsandwicH VS Talking Heads
So, who do you think did it better?
They are two very different styles, and while we applaud Ham Sandwich's rendition, nothing can ever surpass Talking Head's original... David Byrne's singing is just in a league of it's own.
Winner: Talking Heads (with HamsandwicH in close second)
One small note, we wish the fiddle player let loose a little more. If he had broke into a rendistic solo, playing in a free-style cadenza, the musical interlude would have been fuller and richer. It might have put HamsandwicH over the edge
By the way, if you want to learn more about Ham Sandwich, read both their Wikipedia page and this interesting article from the Irish Times in the Reference Section.
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