Cracker Low Down

Cracker’s “Low.” One of my favorite alt-rock hits of the ’90s. I remember the first time I heard it on the car radio, I loved it instantly. This was back when NY had a commercial rock radio station. More than one even! Anyway…

 

In the left corner we have Get On With It: The Best Of, from Virgin, who dropped the band years ago and is aiming to cash in one last time (in case you missed the Cracker package they put out six years ago). In the right, Greatest Hits Redux, the band’s “officially sanctioned” version on Cooking Vinyl, released THE SAME DAY as Get On With It. Clever, boys.

Redux in this case means rerecorded. So, while Stereogum is always rooting for Dave and Johnny, the new version…

Cracker – “Low (Redux)” (MP3 Link Expired)

…can’t compete with the original.

Cracker – “Low (Original)” (MP3 Link Expired)

It’s not the first time Cracker has re-imagined its biggest hit. On 2003’s O, Cracker Where Art Thou they teamed with jam band Leftover Salmon and, banjo and pedal steel in hand, gave us a cool countrified version:

Cracker & Leftover Salmon – “Low” (MP3 Link Expired)

David Lowery is still great live. At Bonnaroo ’04, his set (billed as “Cracker And Camper Van Beethoven”) was one of my favorite of the weekend. The tent dwellers sang every word. You can download the whole thing as MP3s here. And some pics I took of the show: