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New Cover Puts Joe Walsh’s ‘Life’s Been Good’ Back on the Charts

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New Cover Puts Joe Walsh’s ‘Life’s Been Good’ Back on the Charts

More than 40 a long time just after its launch, the Joe Walsh traditional “Life’s Been Good” is getting embraced by a new generation of new music followers many thanks to a well-known current variation by reggae-rock team Soiled Heads.

The original tune arrived in 1978 on Walsh’s fourth solo album, But Critically Folks…. Layered with lyrical humor and a catchy chorus, the track made available a wry seem at the rock star life-style.

“I needed to make a statement involving satire and humor, kind of poking enjoyable at the amazingly foolish way of life that somebody in my situation is faced with,” Walsh explained to the BBC in 1981. “In other text, I do have a genuinely nice house, but I’m on the road so substantially that when I occur home from a tour, it really is truly difficult to really feel that I even dwell right here. It is really not always me, I feel it paraphrases everyone in my posture, and I feel that’s why a good deal of people today related to it”

Listen to Joe Walsh’s First Model of ‘Life’s Been Good’

“Life’s Been Good” became the major strike of Walsh’s solo job, and has turn into a mainstay in his solo concerts, as effectively as performance with the Eagles.

Now, modern-day music followers – quite a few of whom weren’t even born when Walsh’s unveiled the track – are discovering “Life’s Been Great.”

Hear to Filthy Heads’ Version of ‘Life’s Been Good’

The new rendition is not a straight-forward deal with, but relatively a reimagining of the tune with lyrics that reflect Soiled Heads’ beach front-loving, Southern California lifestyle. For example, Walsh’s initial proclaimed, “My Maserati does one-eighty-5 / I shed my license, now I don’t drive,” when the new edition says “My black Impala goes 85 / I shed my license, also significant when I travel.”

Though the lyrics may well be unique, the melody and vibe of the tune keep on being the very same.

“[The new version is] just this tongue-in-cheek, kinda preposterous tune about just fuckin’ off and possessing a bunch of dollars,” Soiled Heads co-vocalist Jared Watson stated in the course of an appearance on the Tuna on Toast With Stryker podcast. “Not that we’re these large rock stars like Joe Walsh or anything at all, but we appreciated the take on it in that we are probably in a very little little bit additional at ease location when it arrives to [success]. And we could nonetheless make it tongue in cheek.”

Dirty Heads are no strangers to chart success. The reggae-rock band has landed seven preceding tunes on Billboard’s Alternate chart in the previous. Nevertheless, “Life’s Been Good” – which, at time of crafting, experienced achieved as superior as No. 3 – currently ranks amid their most commercially profitable tracks. Not negative for a tune more than four a long time previous.

“A superior tune is a good track,” Watson subject of factly declared, noting that social media has assisted expose young audiences to traditional songs. “Music is timeless and [the age of a song] does not make a difference.”

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