IAIN SHEDDEN SPIN DOCTOR
WHO among us, during an idle moment in the sun tapping one’s toes to one of the epic tracks from Rod Stewart’s The Great American Songbook, hasn’t had the thought: ‘‘ Wouldn’t it be great to write a song for Mr Stewart?’’ I know it has crossed my mind more than once. In fact I have a few belters sitting in my bottom drawer that could easily be right up Rod’s alley. So the Spin Doctor office was nonplussed in no uncertain terms this week by the news that Scottish bespectacled twin tunesmiths the Proclaimers are pining for Stewart to cover one of their songs. Charlie and Craig Reid, who during the past 20 years or so have penned classics such as Sunshine on Leith, I’mOnMy Way and I’mGonna Be ( 500 Miles), are said to be desperate for Rod the Mod to get his tonsils around one of their acoustic ditties, perhaps one of the lesser known classics from their back catalogue. Just why the brothers SPEAKING of covering other people’s songs, a rare performance by an Australian rocker slipped under the radar last month, inspired by Todd Haynes’s Bob Dylan film I’mNot There, which is released here on Boxing Day. The I’m Not There concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre was held as part of the film’s launch campaign and featured My Morning Jacket, Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo and Calexico on an all- star bill. Joining them was Saints singer Chris Bailey, who just happened to be in town with the Saints and was asked by the film’s soundtrack producer if he would make an appearance. Bailey joined Renaldo’s house band the Billion Dollar Bashers on Dylan’s Maggie’s Farm, which was, according to one observer, the rockingest song of the night. ■ spindoc@ theaustralian. com. au think His Rodness would do justice to their work is difficult to imagine, but given that anything with Stewart’s name on it sells in the millions, the returns in publishing money would be considerable. Stewart, of course, will land on these shores for a sell- out tour in February. Perhaps, rather than some of our Australian artists taking the Proclaimers’ initiative and trying to flog him material as well, we should volunteer our best- known performers to do covers of Rod classics on stage with him. Given her new ‘‘ gee is it hot in here or am I Delta Goodrem?’’ image, perhaps a duet on Do Ya Think I’mSexy? wouldn’t go amiss for the former Neighbours girl next door. And Guy Sebastian, now officially one of the greatest soul singers in the history of Adelaide, would surely blend right in with the ageing rocker on a couple of Sam Cooke favourites. A Stewart- Barnes duet would also demand top dollar. Anyway, the idea is out there. Let’s see if it comes to fruition.