Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Once in a Lifetime & cover-versions

I love a good cover version as much as anyone does; but it's nice if they bring something new to the party... a different style perhaps, tempo maybe, although of course some artists have a unique voice that's a pleasure to hear interpreting an old standard.

Take this first song from Susanna, which I've posted with other covers before:

Jailbreak - Susanna
Flower of Evil (2008) - Rune Grammofon
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completely different to the Thin Lizzy original; it's moving, gentle, and makes me hear the words in a new way.

Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
Jailbreak (1976) - Mercury Records
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sticking with Thin Lizzy covers for now, and thanks to It all Started with Carbon Monoxide for posting this one

The Boys are back in Town - The Rumble Strips
Alarm Clock ep (2007)
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again, a fresh slant on a cracking-good tune, the sax n trumpet surprised me at first, kinda sounds like how Dexy's Midnight Runners might've done it - nothing wrong with that, of course.


The Smashing Oumpkins have never been a band I listened to much, if at all; and this live cover version likely won't change that... but it's a good example of taking a tune & making it something quite different.
Once in a Lifetime - Smashing Pumpkins
live recording

here's the splendid original
Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
Remain in Light (1980)
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Honest, all the above does illustrate a point I'm clumsily trying to make.

I enjoyed this next one (not a cover, but I'll get there) enough to look forward to subsequent releases
Surrender - Kicksville
and indeed, it's part of a series of thirteen digital singles that you can err buy or just listen to at imeem. The latest (stream it below) is a cover of the above-mentioned Talking Heads number... and it's ok, but aside from warm, rounded bass & some nice percussion, adds not much to the original beyond a guitar solo.

I mean, it's ok, well played n all, just maybe too similar in feel to the Talking Heads. Whaddya think?.

and finally, just cuz it's my blog & I'll post what I like...
Once in a Lifetime - Anthony Newley
The Decca Years 1959-1964

anyone else like The Strange World of Gurney Slade ? I gotta vhs somehwhere, and Una Stubbs comes alive from a vacuum-cleaner advert - lovely.

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