The Late Movies: Covers of "Both Sides Now"
Since she wrote it in 1967, Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” has been covered by a number of other artists—including Judy Collins, whose version of the song earned her a Grammy in 1968 and closed out last night’s season finale of Mad Men. (Mitchell recorded the song herself and released it on the album Clouds in 1969.) Here are a few other versions of the famous song as recorded by everyone from Leonard Nimoy to Hole.
From the TV variety show The Hollywood Palace.
Old Blue Eyes called his version “From Both Sides Now.”
Spock’s cover appeared on the 1974 album Outer Space/Inner Mind.
This version of the song, called “Clouds,” appeared on the Courtney Love-fronted band’s 1991 debut album, Pretty on the Inside.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
The song was replaced for the Broadway adaptation with Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”
Carly Rae Jepsen
Call her, maybe, with your thoughts on this Canadian songstress’s cover, which appeared on her 2012 EP, Curiosity.
Mitchell recorded a somber version of the song for the 2000 album Both Sides Now. It also appeared on the soundtrack of the movie Love Actually.