The second EP of remixes from this year's Guero lets producers from Dizzee Rascal to Boards of Canada tear apart its tunes, often to startling effect: Witness Röyksopp's eerie, bass-heavy evisceration of "Missing." Beck might want to skip right to the remix album next time.
“Tales of a Brave Ulysses”
Cream | 1966
After visiting islands made famous by Homer's Odyssey, artist Martin Sharp (who would go on to do the cover art for Cream's Disraeli Gears) wrote this poetic tune to the melody of "Suzanne," specifically, Judy Collins' cover of Leonard Cohen's song. Through a mutual acquaintance, Sharp got the lyrics to Eric Clapton, who worked them into a guitar riff inspired by the Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City." The song marked Clapton's first use of the wah-wah guitar effect. "I always liked that song," said Jack Bruce, who sang it. "I think it was the wah-wah that did it for me. I'm a sucker for wah-wah."