Covers: Pictures of Matchstick Men

The original version of “Pictures of Matchstick Men” was recorded by the English band Status Quo in 1968.   It’s a great piece of 1960s psychedelic trash.  American band Camper Van Beethoven made a great cover version in 1989.  It’s an affectionate tribute to the weirdness and excesses of the era.  Robert Christgau wrote that it “smirks cheerfully at hippie nostalgia”.

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