Well, I’ve got my USB turntable on the go again (not that it stopped working but it can be a time-consuming process) so here are a few goodies from the record collection.
The Swans were responsible for leading me to Joy Division. Aged eleven, I saw the video for their cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart on The Chart Show, a long-running UK TV show that every three weeks would do the Top Ten indie charts (the other two weeks being dance and Heavy Metal). Now the version I heard then had Michael Gira on vocals (anyone who has this please let me know etc..) but this version has the legendary Jarboe singing.
Swans -‘Love Will Tear Us Apart (Jarboe vocal).’ mp3
I said I would post it, and I have! A couple of years back, Franz Ferdinand and the Fire Engines issued a limited split 7″ (I love these! There is nothing more indie (in the old sense of the word) than a split 7″) of them covering one of the other’s songs.
Franz Ferdinand -‘Get Up And Use Me (Fire Engines cover).’ mp3
Fire Engines -‘Jacqueline (Franz Ferdinand cover).’ mp3
As a huge Cure fan, I was determined to track down a copy of this for years. A few times I thought I’d got it, only to wonder why every version seemed to cut off before the end. So when I found the 12″, I got it home to discover that…it’s how it’s meant to sound.
Dinosaur Jr -‘Just Like Heaven (The Cure cover).’ mp3
I thought this was a Nancy Griffith song -obviously without the swearing -but it was written by John Prine. Anyway, this is Alabama 3’s take on it.
Alabama 3 -‘Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine cover).’ mp3
Finally, another record I spent years searching for (before it was eventually available on the B-sides and rarities triple CD compilation that came out in 2004). This single had Nick and Shane singing on the A-side together, before covering one of the other’s songs on the b-side.
Nick Cave and Shane MacGowan -‘What A Wondeful World (Louis Armstrong cover).’ mp3
Nick Cave -‘Rainy Night In Soho (Pogues cover).’ mp3
Shane MacGowan -‘Lucy (Nick Cave cover).’ mp3
These will be up for one week only. Enjoy!