Tune That Name: Jonas to Julio

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My Name Is Jonas,” Weezer
Mr. Jones,” Counting Crows

Mr. Jones,” Talking Heads
Josephine,” The Wallflowers
“Josie,” The Frogs
Hey Jude,” The Beatles
Judy,” The Pipettes
Judy Is a Punk,” The Ramones
The Return of Jackie and Judy,” Tom Waits
Julia,” The Beatles
Romeo and Juliet,” Dire Straits
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” Julie Doiron
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” Paul Simon
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” Peter Bjorn & John

That big sloppy all-star rendition of “Hey Jude” in the video linked above reminds me of the Comedy Central joke about the “Night of Too Many Stars.” It’s one of those grand-finale numbers for a big benefit concert and it includes Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Carl Perkins, plus a full choir and string section. It’s quite a spectacle, but I think I’d rather have seen any of those artists perform the song solo.

“Romeo and Juliet” is just a gorgeous song. Here’s a nice version by The Killers. And here’s the Indigo Girls. And here’s Clarence Clemons’ “Jungleland” solo — which it seems to me ought to fit neatly into “Romeo and Juliet” just before that final reprise of the first verse.

Anyway, what do you suppose it was that Mama Pajama saw that was against the law?

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  • John

    Nearly OT, R.I.P. George Jones!

  • noyatin

    Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest – Bob Dylan

    Judy in Disguise (with Glasses) – John Fred and his Playboy Band

    Julie – Bobby Fuller Four, Marshall Crenshaw

    Just Like Romero and Juliet – The Reflections

    Suite – Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby Stills and Nash

  • Fyll-Jonas’ jultal – Dalarna Femund Spelmanslag
    Over Yonder (Jonathan’s Song) – Steve Earle
    Miss Amanda Jones – the Rolling Stones
    Casey Jones – Pete Seeger
    Crackity Jones – the Pixies
    Janie Jones – the Clash
    Janie Jones – the Neurotic Outsiders
    Jim Jones – Bob Dylan
    Jonesing for Jones – the Wildhearts
    The Death of Mother Jones – Gene Autry
    Josef & Maria – Johan Johansson
    Joseph & the Angel / 8th of Jan / A Punch in the Dark – Jul i Folkton
    Joseph Dearest – Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band
    A Postcard from Juan – Brainpool
    Modern Don Juan – Buddy Holly
    Modern Don Juan – the Dils
    Judas’ Death – Jesus Chist Superstar
    The Judas Kiss – Metallica
    The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest – Bob Dylan
    Another Kind of Judy – Billy Bragg
    Hit and Miss Judy – Wreckless Eric
    Judy Is a Punk – the Ramones
    Judy Teen – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
    Mad, Mad Judy – the Buzzcocks
    The Return of Jackie and Judy – the Ramones
    The Return of Jackie and Judy – Tom Waits
    What’s Up Judge Judy’s Ass – Mojo Nixon
    Julian of Norwich – the Merry Wives of Windsor
    Julianna – Dalarna Femund Spelmanslag
    Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad – the Clash
    (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet – Michael & the Messengers
    Romeo Had Juliet – Lou Reed

  • Amaryllis

    Jolene – The White Stripes
    Jonah’s Waltz – The Possum Ridge String Band
    Unto the Prophet Jonas I Read – The Baltimore Consort
    (“Outside of a whale, a book is a prophet’s best friend. Inside of a whale, it’s too dark to read.”)
    Joseph McDonald’s Jig – The Battlefield Band
    Judas (Was a Red-Headed Man) – June Tabor and Oysterband
    Judy Is a Punk – The Ramones
    Julia – The Flatlanders
    Julia Delaney – The Bothy Band
    Julie Johnston – The Ragged Band