In honor of the passing of the great Arthur Lee, here's a sampling of some covers of Love's 1966 song "7 and 7 is," the band's only charted song (#33). With its double-time beat, nonsensical lyrics, and abrupt time signature changes, "7 and 7 is" was hugely influential and is still being recorded today. Some of the more diverse artists that have tackled it are Rush, Alice Cooper, and Billy Bragg.
Here are a few different takes on the classic: Alice Cooper, The Ramones, 24-7 Spyz, Lollipop, and, of course, the original.
When I was a boy I thought about the times I'd be a man
I'd sit inside a bottle and pretend that I was in a can
In my lonely room I'd sit my mind in an ice cream cone
You can throw me if you wanna 'cause I'm a bone and I go
Oop-ip-ip oop-ip-ip yeah!
If I don't start cryin' it's because that I have got no eyes
My father's in the fireplace and my dog lies hypnotized
Through a crack of light I was unable to find my way
Trapped inside a night but I'm a day and I go
Oop-ip-ip oop-ip-ip, yeah!
7 and 7 is [zip file, 19 mb]