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Reggie Watts - 'Brownsville Girl' [Cover of the Week]

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Bob Dylan goes way more than electric in Watts’ sweet and soulful cover for ‘Bob Dylan in the 80s.’

Reggie Watts - 'Brownsville Girl' [Cover of the Week]

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It's no secret that we are fans of Reggie Watts around here. Between his comedic and musical stylings, Reggie hits our sweet spot almost every time. Just yesterday, a Reggie Watts cover hit the Internet over at SPIN. Part of a collection of Bob Dylan covers from different artists called Bob Dylan in the 80s: Vol. 1, Watts's contribution was the Dylan single "Brownsville Girl." 

While the original features Dylan speak-singing over a very procedural-type beat like a drunk poet of sorts. Watts adds a much more musical quality to the proceedings by actually singing the lyrics. It's also a solid eight minutes shorter than the original 11-minute version, cutting out a lot and reorganizing it into a reprise version of the song. Between the electric feel and the borderline calypso feel, the track is a wholly welcome listen, especially from someone like Watts that has a lot of respect and admiration for Dylan.

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The collection will feature singles from a large group of great bands like Lucius, Deer Tick, Blitzen Trapper and more. The compilation will be available March 25 two weeks from today).

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