Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To



Well, Enthusiasts, the long-awaited Dead Tribute Album’s track listing has been announced; you can check it out here.

It’s a big release: 5 CDs and 60 tracks; coincidentally, I just looked up the definition of the word “editor.”

EDITOR (noun): a person who is in charge of and determines the final content of a text.

No idea why I looked that up.

Anyway, you wouldn’t imagine much was left on the cutting room floor, but as usual TotD has the scoop. Here are some of the rejected tracks:

Bubbemeister and the Smushy Tushees – The Eleven

The White Brooklynites (feat. Joanna Newsom) – Weather Report Suite

Wayne Coyne and an Oompah Band – Mexicali Blues

Eagles of Death Metal – Dire Wolf

Some Band Pitchfork Made Up – Dark Star

The Guy From Sonic Youth Who Wasn’t The Tall One Or Kim Gordon – Dark Star

J. Mascis – Dark Star

Ryan Adams – Dark Star>Shake It Off

Someone From Silverlake With A Soundcloud Account – Creampuff War

Yoko Ono (feat. Bobby on slide guitar) – Werewolves of London

Rush – King Solomon’s Mines

The 1975 – Blues for Allah

Father John Misty – Truckin’ (but he does it super-ironically)

Mumford & Sons – Tuning

Big-Dicked Sheila and the Sinthesizers – Box of Rain

OK Go – Fire on the Mountain (with bonus video)




  1. I think all 59 artists should have just recorded Me And My Uncle. It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Dead’s first performance of the song, after all. What could be more important?

    I’m old. I remember a previous All-Star tribute cd of Dead songs, called Deadicated, I think. It was OK, I guess. I think I listened to it twice. And I’d heard of all those bands, but i just couldn’t get interested.

  2. The Central Shaft

    March 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Snark-free, I’ll allow that I’m curious about Courtney Barnett doing NSB, Malkmus doing China>Rider, and Smog’s version of Easy Wind.

    Fucked Up doing Cream Puff War is pretty perfect.

    • Whatever Tim Hecker is getting up to (some sort of weird, chopped up ambient Dark Star thing?) is promising too.

  3. “Ryan Adams – Shake It Off”

    You are a genius.

  4. If Rush doing King Solomon’s Marbles was a thing, I’d buy. Provided it was Rush circa 1977.

  5. I’ve heard that Ryan Adams medley. Like most things, Bryan does it better.

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