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 Responses to “The Aping of Bob Dylan :: Mouse / A Public Execution”

  1. David Blue – Grand Hotel

  2. approximately half of that first Ryan Adams record, Heartbreaker. dude couldn’t be more blatant.

  3. Renaldo & Clara! nice

  4. Quite a few Felice Brothers tracks.
    Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Coming into Los Angeles.’

  5. Townes Van Zandt – ‘She Came and She Touched Me’

  6. stuck in the middle with you – stealers wheel

  7. this cut of R&C is outstanding. just need 3 hours now to view.

  8. simon and garfunkel “a simple desultory philippic (or how i was robert mcnamara’d into submission)

  9. 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.”

  10. Spider – The Comedown Song

  11. Anything by The Tallest Man On Earth

  12. Dishwasher’s Dream by Marah

  13. “You Don’t Make It Easy Babe” by Josh Ritter. Classic Frewheelin’..-era aping.

  14. Anything by John Hiatt

  15. Would saying Jakob Dylan be cheating?

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

  16. rolling stones “jigsaw puzzle.” only for the lyrics

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

  18. 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.

  19. I second that comment above – Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley.

  20. wilco’s “remember the mountain bed” from ‘mermaid avenue vol. II’

  21. steve harley and cockney rebel come up and see me

  22. Grateful Dead – Creampuff War…kind of

  23. and of course Adrian Belew singing in Frank Zappa’s “Flakes” (Sheik Yerbouti)

  24. Dan Bern is awesome — may be more of an homage than an ape…or maybe just another next Bob Dylan…

  25. 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.

  26. 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. 🙂

  27. Check out Jake Bugg – Trouble Town at

    He’s only 17 so good on him for picking up on being another new Bob!

  28. […] Found this song while reading a great post over at that discussed all of the great ripoffs of Bob dylan’s sound. Read the full post here. […]

  29. Nobody mentions the Hombres? Come on now.

  30. @peter – yeah, that one totally came up on our road trip

  31. 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”.

  32. Fleet Foxes – “Lorelai” = “4th Time Around” from Blonde on Blonde

  33. 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.

  34. Katy Perry, ‘Last Friday Night’.

  35. “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.”

  36. 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.

  37. The animal- Baby let me take you home= Baby let me follow you down. Exactly.

  38. sunday morning with old country records and reminded of this post. jerry jeff walker – ramblin’ scramblin’, most certainly.

  39. “Who Are You” by World Party

  40. 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.

  41. 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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