Saturday, 25 April 2009

Winter Gloves

Predictably, I'm nearly three weeks late with this Winter Gloves cover of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', and aside from my recently oppressive listlessness & languor, I blame the kids' voices, which rather spoil it for me. Shades of 'Another Brick in the Wall' perhaps? - an unwelcome association for sure, since I've an irrationally large dislike of that song, for reasons long since forgotten, but which now seem fixated on the little buggers. Curious eh - 'Excerpt From a Teenage Opera' = Good, 'Brick in the Wall' = Bad; go figure... answers on the back of a postcard or sealed-down envelope to the usual address.

Disregarding the parts I don't care for (enormous understatement there), I really love Winter Gloves' take on the song - way more than the original, which I've got a great big soft spot for, but don't really know why - could be simply the repeated Hello's, which to this day, put Paul Francis Gadd in mind; I dunno, maybe I'd be happier if it was about deodorant, hey-ho.

Should you share my mixed feelings about the Winter Gloves version - I suggest a: seek professional help, & b: don't let it stop you from enjoying their album - about a girl - because it's very good indeed.

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Winter Gloves

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Nevermind (1991)

I Can't Tell You - Winter Gloves
About a Girl (2008)
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Some dates remaining on Winter Gloves shortish US tour:
Apr 28 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, Washington
Apr 30 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, California
May 1 - Spaceland, Los Angeles, California
May 11 - DC9, Washington, Washington DC
May 13 - Mercury Lounge, New York, New York

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