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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by Gordon » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:00

I haven't listened to the Parenthetical Girls in ages either. I may have over-played them a little.
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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by philjunebride » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:40

tekno_alice wrote:
I wish people wouldn't do kraftwerk covers, what's the point?
Sorry...

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by tompony » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:45

I don't see a problem with covering Kraftwerk - that Senor Coconut album of Kraftwerk covers is great! 'Tour De France' especially, I prefer that one to the original. I guess it's pointless if you do a straight cover, but that tends to be a waste of time anyway.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by linus » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:04

one of the greatest covers ever is cha cha 2000's cover of 'autobahn'... cha cha 2000 being bits of prolapse and one mark council... it's actually better than kraftwerk

it's a one of my favourite ever singles, it was a 10" and it came out on jamie from the old neals yard rough trade shop's highly desirable lissys record label

I've probably mentioned it here before...

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Post by tompony » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:07

I'd like to hear that, it sounds excellent! but also TRICKY TO FIND.

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Post by a layer of chips » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:08

Lissy's put quite a lot of good stuff out didn't they/he? Couple of Prolapse records, amongst others.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:12

tompony wrote:I'd like to hear that, it sounds excellent! but also TRICKY TO FIND.
Tom, you used to be able to listen to it here:

http://www.myspace.com/431338035

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by linus » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:19

at the same time as lissys there was another label run by darrell from the neals yard rough trade shop called soul static sound, he put out the first comet gain single and, I think, skinned teen's 'karate hairdresser' single plus stuff by tortoise, ui, ganger, dnss and cluster

lissys put out some great records by the sea and cake, philistines jr, new bad things, wisdom of harry, stereolab, a tribute album to the godz, amongst others

you'd often go in rough trade and find them assembling sleeves on the counter

nice chaps

I may have an mp3 of that cha cha 2000 single somewhere (probably back at my dear old mum's), I'll see if I can find it- I've got the single but no means of turning into an mp3 currently... ooh! I did put it on a cd-r I did for jamie a while ago... I bet he's lost it... if not and he can find it, I'll send it you, tom

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by tompony » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:48

awesome, thanks!

I must admit I'm skeptical that autobahn can be improved upon, but I am prepared to be shown the light!

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Post by linus » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:50

it's got bagpipes on

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by Sootyzilla » Thu Apr 16, 2009 13:51

tekno_alice wrote:
I wish people wouldn't do kraftwerk covers, what's the point?
in particular, i wish kraftwerk would stop doing bad kraftwerk covers.
As wrong as it was to do,
Those eyes were made to look into.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by Dan » Thu Apr 16, 2009 22:47

I'm normally hesitant to bandy about terms like 'best' and 'worst' when talking about songs, but this is the worst:


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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by boney » Thu Apr 16, 2009 23:28

Nancy Wallace - 'Young Hearts, Run Free'.
A pretty light, wistful folky version, nice violins.

A Hawk & A Hacksaw - 'Portland Town'.
As you might expect; possibly more restrained.

Davy Graham - 'Better Git It In Your Soul'.
Amazing take on Mingus's classic.

Solex - 'Shady Lane'.
Yeay!

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by kevshindig » Fri Apr 17, 2009 04:51

ezears wrote:
indiansummer wrote:J Church's version of Heavenly's 'Cool Guitar Boy' retitled 'Cool Guitar Girl' also makes me jolly

have you heard their version of Just What I Needed by The Cars? It's ace... i'm a bit biased cos it was on a split 7" with one of my bands, but it's really good! PM me and i'll see if i can sort you out with a copy. think we have some left. If not i can get some more off Ben from J Church anyway.

They also did a mean version of ...Rockville by REM too...
I've heard snippets from J Church of both Rockville (one of my fave REM songs), as well as Last of the International Playboys. Off the same album, too. Are they known for doing covers? And ooh, the Cars! The only other Cars cover I've heard is "All mixed Up" (top song), by the Red House Painters but I wasn't really impressed with their cover. A little too dragged out, though I know it's a very Red House Painter-esque approach to the song or else why use creative license!

British Sea Power's cover of Galaxie 500's 'Tugboat' is just sublime. And actually, they just put on myspace a cover of the Cure's 'The Forest'.
J-Church were one of those bands who were constantly putting out records (like, a single a month at one point) and they usually included covers as b-sides. Everything from Duran Duran and the The Smiths to Heavenly to old anarcho-punk stuff. I think this ultimately worked against them as a band - if they had exercised more quality control I think they'd be more highly regarded. I was sad when their singer passed away, he was one of my favorite reviewers in Maximum Rock n Roll.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by kevshindig » Fri Apr 17, 2009 04:54

Covers.

Laura Cantrell does a version of Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side of Town" that breaks my fucking heart. I really like country covers of soul songs. "Dark End of the Street" by the Flying Burrito Brothers is also swell.

The Wedding Present doing "Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)"

Two Bee-Gees covers: "To Love Somebody" by Nina Simone and "Holiday" by Claudine Longet. Claudine sounds like a creepy space alien on that song and she makes the song sound weird and horrifying. I love love love it.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by islandhopper » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:02

kevshindig wrote: The Wedding Present doing "Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)"

Oh, that is good. It's a great pop song obviously, but invested with some real energy there.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by kevshindig » Fri Apr 17, 2009 14:17

islandhopper wrote:
kevshindig wrote: The Wedding Present doing "Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)"

Oh, that is good. It's a great pop song obviously, but invested with some real energy there.
There's that exceptionally long pause that Gedge does at one point between verses - it's like he's waiting for the guitar feedback to completely die down - that is one of my favorite musical moments.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by Sootyzilla » Fri Apr 17, 2009 19:38

As wrong as it was to do,
Those eyes were made to look into.

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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by alongwalkhome » Sat Apr 18, 2009 14:03

That's somethin' else. Nothing like gyrating your hips in a school-girl outfit in front of 10K drooling fans whilst uttering "I am the son and heir of a shyness that is criminally vulgar." (I'm talking about the Morrissey gig in Boston a couple of weeks ago, yes.)

I watch this video at least once a day; it has become my new religion. The religion of dimples, hotpants, and stealing kisses. A marriage of two of my all time faves--Stevie and The Carpenters (and dimples):


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Re: cover versions: best and worst?

Post by linus » Wed Feb 09, 2011 17:06

linus wrote:one of the greatest covers ever is cha cha 2000's cover of 'autobahn'... cha cha 2000 being bits of prolapse and one mark council... it's actually better than kraftwerk

it's a one of my favourite ever singles, it was a 10" and it came out on jamie from the old neals yard rough trade shop's highly desirable lissys record label

I've probably mentioned it here before...
should anyone be interested I just saw a copy of this on sale on e-bay, rather reasonably priced:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CHA-CHA-2000-AUTO ... 5ad5af6c77

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