The Aping of Bob Dylan :: Mouse / A Public Execution

It was somewhere in New Mexico, while out in the desert on a road trip listening the old Nuggets compilation, that a bunch of us got to listing our favorite Dylan homages/ripoffs. Specifically the track “A Public Execution,” by the sixties garage-rock band Mouse, from Tyler, TX. Of course Stealers Wheel came up – their “Stuck In The Middle With You” Dylan  aping from 1972; so did the Beatles “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away,” various Donovan tracks, etc, etc.

MP3: Mouse :: A Public Execution

So. Without running down a list of some of the more obvious (and less so) tracks we came up with, I’m curious as to which songs immediately come to mind, re: Dylan aping. Hit us up in the comments. The more blatant the better. Oh, and I’m well aware that Dylan borrowed/stole from many before him, so no need to get into/rehash all that.

Related: After the jump, stream Bob Dylan’s epic 1978 film, ‘Renaldo & Clara,” in its entirety. This version is the best quality I’ve seen yet. Filmed in 1975, during Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour, it was originally released in 1978 with a running time of nearly four hours. Epic, indeed.

41 thoughts on “The Aping of Bob Dylan :: Mouse / A Public Execution

  1. This transmission hails from New Mexico (been “passing through” going on 9 years now); I happened to read this post while listening to some Old 97’s, so I had to think of their recent Dylan aping, ‘Champaign Ill.’ And then I thought of Tallest Man on Earth, and also of some Helio Sequence, like “Broken Afternoon” and “Shed Your Love.”

  2. Would saying Jakob Dylan be cheating?

    But really, Jason Collett is a big Dylan aper. Particularly off the album “Here’s To Being Here.”

  3. Eric Earley from Blitzen Trapper on at least one track per record (though I prefer “channeling” to “aping”.)

  4. Early Mott The Hoople, right down to Ian Hunter’s vocals. Mick Ralphs’ “Rabbit Foot and Toby Time” from their s/t LP in ’69 is a dead ringer, and an epic track in it’s own right.

  5. It wasn’t a band called “Mouse.” It was “Mouse and the Traps.” Yes, they recorded in Tyler, with Bugs Henderson, who was a well-known regional producer at the time. I think the record was released on Fraternity label, which was fairly widely distributed back then.

  6. I’ve always disliked Nowhere Man and You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away for exactly this reason. Lennon is pretending to be something he’s not. He’s pretending to be Dylan. It drives me nuts when people praise either of those songs because they just seem so derivative.

    My pet theory: I think Lennon went about methodically destroying the Beatles in 68-69 because he wanted to be Dylan — he wanted the sole attention of the world on his songwriting and on him as some sort of truth teller. He certainly didn’t want to share the limelight with a partner (even tho that partner helped make every one of Lennon’s Beatles songs much better in ways large and small.)

    Ergo, it’s Dylan’s fault that the Beatles broke up. 🙂

  7. Y’all forgot to mention Ernie Graham’s fantastic self titled solo album. “Sebastian” will take you to the heights of recorded Dylan impersonation. I’m sure you’re all well of the recent Pet Records release “It’s Zimmerman’s World…We just live in it”. Lots of Dylan worship goin’ on there. The swamp garage band from Tyler, Texas is indeed called Mouse and the Traps. They even backed up Dale Hawkins on area tracks off of “L.A, Memphis, and Tyler Texas”.

  8. Bright Eyes’ “Landlocked Blues” makes me think of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”. But maybe it’s just because of the guitar chords progression… Anyway, both are great songs.

  9. “It’s Zimmerman’s World We Just Live In It”

    “A far-out collection of rare mid-’60s garage and folk 45 cuts by groups that did their darndest to emulate their hero, the Beatnik Bard himself, Bob Dylan. If you dig Mouse and the Traps’ ‘Public Execution,” the Trashmen’s ‘Same Lines’ or David Blue’s records then you’ll flip for the sounds you’re gonna hear here! It’s Zimmerman’s World features all kinds of obscure tracks by Terry and the Trip-Outs, the Toads, Billy Easley and the Gorillamen, the Changin’ Times, the Love Society, and many more. Eighteen songs altogether.”

  10. Can I recommend Andre Ethier’s Pride of Egypt? It is the best apeing I have heard. Would be interested to see if others agree.

  11. David Blue (aka Cohen) – his debut (’66) is very Dylan circa highway 61. ‘It ain’t the rain that sweeps the highway clean’ is a good example.

  12. Yeah, I vote for that first David Blue album, too. I think he used most of the Highway 61 session guys on that.

    Also, that “Dylan Hears A Who” parody that made the rounds on the net years ago was fantastic.

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