six from four

These six tracks were indeed all featured in John Peel’s Festive Fifty in the early eighties, but I’m not doing this as a John Peel post per se, just fancied sharing some great music wih you, as it makes it from the vinyl to the iPod.

Is there such a thing as the best best-of ever? The Jam’s Snap! must surely be a contender…

The Jam – ‘Going Underground.’ mp3

One of my many, many planned posts for the future is one Pete Wylie and the 7,000 faces of Wah!

Wah! Heat -‘Better Scream.’ mp3

It’s odd to think that goth was once tagged ‘positive punk’ in NME, and that the tag was only applied to music (there were certainly gothic sounding music long before that, as far back as Mozart’s Requiem, IMHO). So often it seems ot be used as a tag of insult or abuse, erroneously as far as I’m concerned. Certainly, many bands who came out of punk seemed to have a foot in the goth camp, to say nothing of a following.

The Damned’s Machine Gun Etiquette is where they started to get gothic, and where this track comes from, though The Black Album was surprise, surprise, even more so…

The Damned -Love Song.’ mp3

The curious-sounding ‘Hong Kong Garden’ with its’ wonderful eastern overtones was a great debut single, even if the lyrics seem a little close to novelty at times.* But it was on their albums that the dark heart of this particularly gorgeous and mesmerising creature lurked, as shown on these tracks from The Scream and Join Hands. Then two years later there was Juju

Siouxsie and the Banshees -‘Switch.’ mp3 (from The Scream)

Siouxsie and the Banshees -‘Jigsaw feeling.’ mp3

Siouxsie and the Banshees -‘Icon.’ mp3

Enjoy, folks…


* Oh come on: ‘Chicken Chou-mein and chop suey…Hong Kong Garden Takeaway.’

And some more covers…with reflection

(The Vaselines, looking rather like The Velvets here, I think)

As Andrew said, Beatles covers are always welcome.

What function, if any do covers serve?

For some acts, it’s the chance to revive a flagging career. For others, the chance to show versatility or to raise funds for anyone whose career they are indebted to.

And what about the listeners? Do they have anything to gain?

Well, I don’t know how many Nirvana fans were led to investigate Shocking Blue, whose track ‘Love Buzz’ was covered for Nirvana’s first ever release. I do know that Nirvana covering ‘Molly’s Lips’ ‘Jesus Wants Me for A Sunbeam’ (though Nirvana changed it to ‘doesn’t’) and ‘Son Of a Gun’ led to me checking out The Vaselines and the Raincoats, who definitely made more of an impression on me than The Meat Puppets.

As for the other tracks, well, I already knew the Beatles and Bowie, but hey…they kinda fitted with the post. And Siouxsie and the Banshees led me to Iggy Pop, The Sparks, Roxy Music, even Billie Holliday…

Nirvana -‘Molly’s Lips (Vaselines cover).’ mp3

Nirvana -‘Son Of A Gun (Vaselines cover).’ mp3

Nirvana -‘The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover).’ mp3

Nirvana -‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (leadbelly cover).’ mp3

Siouxsie and the Banshees -‘Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover).’ mp3

Siouxsie and the Bandshees -‘Dear Prudence.’ mp3

As always, if you like what you hear, SUPPORT THE ARTISTS!

Some covers for Sunday

Alright, so not particularly Sunday related, but a few more covers that I thought I would share with you:

I know I posted an Arcade Fire track yesterday, but I do like this cover of the Talking Heads song from 1983.

Arcade Fire ‘Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)(Talking Heads cover).’ mp3

Having posted a Jose Gonzalez song yesterday, I was reminded by Elizabeth over at The Roaring Machine about this track. And…Why not?

Jose Gonzalez -‘Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover).’ mp3

Driving back from the Glasgow gig last night with the soon to be Mrs. 17 Seconds, and two friends, (see below) one of them, Gordon, said that as an old raver he couldn’t get into The Klaxons. I’m really hoping this will change his mind.

The Klaxons -‘Not Over Yet (Grace cover).’ mp3

I like the Voxtrot bits I have heard so far, but I haven’t heard a huge amount. I like this New Order cover…

Voxtrot -‘Love Vigilantes (New Order cover).’ mp3

I do love Bond films. Octopussy has not dated particularly well, but I do think the title song is underrated (and I would much rather Rita Coolidge singing this, than say Sheena Easton doing ‘For Your Eyes Only’ or Gladys Knight’s Licence To Kill). Here Jarvis and co. work their usual magic.

Pulp -‘All Time High (Rita Coolidge cover).’ mp3

Considering how much of an influence they have been on me, I don’t know why I haven’t posted more Siousxie and the Banshees here. But whatever…here one Britain’s first lady of alternative music and her merry men take on the Beatles.

Siouxsie and the Banshees -‘Helter Skelter (Beatles cover).’ mp3

Hope you’re all having a nice weekend, wherever you may be.If you like these tracks, they will, as ever, only be up for one week only. Remember to support the artists, whether by going to Amazon or iTunes or wherever.

Be good xx

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