Glass Candy have recorded a rad cover of “Iko Iko.” Listen here. As of this post, it’s only been streamed 1,000 times so show GC some love. Any band that covers a tune from the Rain Man soundtrack is okay in my book. Er, blog.


Anyone who writes “I’m a good driver” in the comments gets banned! You can write about Wapner, though.

Comments (41)
  1. potato  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0


  2. Belle Stars' Grandmas  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    Sorry, but their version really sucks. Nice try, though.

  3. Lil' Big Fat  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    Yeah, not so good.

  4. Brodeo  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    That stunk like a skunk farm.

  5. Justin  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    It goes without saying (although I’ll say it anyway) that the best version of this song was done by Justine Bateman & The Mystery on the “Satisfaction” aka “Girls of Summer” soundtrack.

  6. Rich  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    400 Oak Street. Cincinnati Ohio. K-Mart.

  7. glob  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    goddamn indie yuppies you don’t know anything! this cover is great! of course you guys are too busying listening to over hyped crap like sufjan death cab.Good post Scott.

  8. cashew  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    Where does this song originate from?

    I know the Grateful Dead did it in the 70s

  9. glob  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    “Iko Iko” was described as an old Mardi Gras chant that most New Orleans kids had heard all their lives.

  10. banned4life  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    yeah. charlie babbit.

  11. Some part of the song is certainly part of the chanting by slaves at Congo Square in early New Orleans. But James “Sugarboy” Crawford wrote the song as we know it today, providing the music to go with the chant. Originally titled “Jock-O-Mo,” he had a hit with it in 1954. To this day, Crawford says he’s never received a royalty check for covers of the song.

    According to Allen Touissant, the expression “Iko Iko” developed into local slang for “you can kiss my ass.” So everytime someone sings this song, they’re in a sense telling Crawford to kiss their ass.

  12. John  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    For what it’s worth, “Iko” means John in Croatian. At least I hope it does- that’s what my Croatian in-laws call me.

  13. K-mart

  14. Ok I liked it but then again, I really dug the original. Nice pick.

    Now to veg out with Big Brother and Real World.

  15. Steve Schroeder  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    Glass Candy is a special breed!
    This song is on the PDX Pop Fest 2005 comp.

  16. jackstraw  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2005 0

    I’ll take the dead’s version thankyouverymuch

  17. Thanks for the heads-up, but that stunk like a fart in a phone booth.

  18. angela  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    why glass candy? WHY!

  19. Skatelip  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    Yeowch. As a recommendation, Iko is easier to listen to than the other three car wrecks. Excitebike Again 2002, WTF? Why kill my cherished memories of that old quarter-eatin’ machine?

  20. Jose  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    I listened to all 4, they’re totally dancey and fun! but they need more instruments.

  21. the dead’s version is kickass

  22. bob weir  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    bobby weir sings it best.

  23. Billy K  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    Streams suck.

  24. The ultimate and most musically truthful version was done by Dr. John on his 1972 album of standards “Dr. John’s Gumbo.”

    And, as someone who owns the soundtrack to “Rain Man,” I’m still not sure what sort of musical theme Barry Levinson was aiming for–”Iko Iko,” “Dem Bones,” “Lonely Avenue?”

  25. um  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    Sounded fine to me.

    It’s sad that the only good song of theirs is a cover….

  26. smitty  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    Using Raymond? Hey Raymond, am I using you? Am I using you Raymond?

    Shut up! He is answering a question from a half hour ago!

  27. Kevin  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    did you fart , ray? did you fuckin fart?

  28. smitty  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    How can you stand that?

    I don’t mind it.

  29. madskrillz  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    I’m a good driver.

  30. only on sundays.

  31. punky  |   Posted on Aug 3rd, 2005 0

    Don’t forget the use of “Do You Realize” by Flaming Lips in a car commercial — I believe it’s for Mitsubishi (I could be wrong). The lyrics that they include are:

    Do you realize
    That you have the most beautiful face
    Do you realize
    We’re floating in space
    Do you realize
    That happiness makes you cry

    Lyrics they omitted:
    Do You Realize
    That everyone you know someday will die


  32. smartassbiotch  |   Posted on Aug 4th, 2005 0

    Anyway, it’s “I’m an excellent driver.”


  33. Dr. John’s version is very good, as well as the Dead’s. I’ve also enjoyed the Neville Brothers version.

    This one…not so much.

  34. jed2  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2005 0

    I can’t even believe people are still covering this. What’s next, “Sweet Caroline”? “I Want Candy”?

    Let’s here about a band that doesn’t have a press agent and a personal stylist, Scott. That’s right, I’m bustin’ your chops, tough guy.

  35. ava  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2005 0

    i love glass candy, but this is definitely not their best song. check out “life after sundown” off their demo, if you can find it. it’s a great sexy, funky dance song that i never, ever tire of. kind of reminds me of “walking on thin ice,” though i can’t explain why.

  36. Phaedrus  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    alot of crappy background noise. I should sue for distress.

  37. this is a great fucking song. its a cover, yes, but its a good cover, and its glass fucking candy, and i love them, and all you haters fucking suck.

  38. Tim Saxton  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2005 0

    This band doesn’t have a publicist or a stylist.
    Plus this is just the demo version.
    The 12″ version is more developed.
    I respect that some bands can still take chances and do unexpected things sometimes.
    I’ll admit, the song took some time for me to get it.
    And!They are the first band to cover it using totally new music.
    Really it seems more like an interpretation of the lyrics than a cover.
    The saxaphone rules!

  39. Ikky  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2007 0

    K-mart sucks, remember.

  40. jeremy  |   Posted on Dec 18th, 2008 0

    well i like this song

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