Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Cousin Oliver Goes From Brady To Zevon

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Robbie Rist is best known for playing klutzy “Cousin Oliver” on The Brady Bunch but, these days, he’s more interested in drumming up support for singer Warren Zevon, best known for hits like “Werewolves Of London” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me.”

Rist, a Los Angeles-based musician, recently contributed a track to a new tribute album, Hurry Home Early: The Songs Of Warren Zevon.

The song is called “Mr. Bad Example,” and Rist – who has participated in other tribute albums before – says his main rule for recording a cover is, “You can’t make it better than the original but you can make it different.”

So he decided to take a Zevon song that sounded in his mind like “a Celtic stomp” and turned it into “a Johnny Cash rendition.”

Zevon died in 2003 so Rist is unable to ask his hero for advice. Still, if there is life after death, he is praying that Zevon will give his thumbs up in the form of “a dry, witty retort.”

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