When WIDOWSPEAK Covers DIRE STRAITS You Get Magic

13 January 2021

Last August Brooklyn‘s daydreamers WIDOWSPEAK – singer Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas – released their highly acclaimed fifth LP Plum with a 4/5 review from AllMusic writing: “Plum finds them at their most immediate and compelling.”

And they start 2021 with a new 5-track EP, planned to go online on 22th January. Honeychurch, like the 17th-century tile on its cover, is a nod to E.M. Forster’s A Room
With A View
and was originally a working title for Plum.

All EP info here.

One of the tracks is a Dire Straits cover of their 40-year old song (released as a single
on 9 Jan 1981 – from the band’s third LP Making Movies) Romeo and Juliet . Thomas’ glimmering guitar glow and Hamilton’s sensuous voice make it sound as if they wrote
the humdinger themselves. Magic, just magic!

Have a listen


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WIDOWSPEAK: Facebook

LIV STRANGE Covers THE DOORS With A Wayward Version Of ‘PEOPLE ARE STRANGE’

6 January 2021

LIV STRANGE is a Chicago born, Los Angeles based artist whose music has both a melodramatic and enigmatic sonority. Her cover of The Doors‘ classic People Are
Strange
says it all, as she turns the song into a slo-mo electro groove with a Gothic
touch and somber vocals. Wayward and arresting. But also weirdly sensual and
overall ghostly.

“I decided to cover ‘People Are Strange’ because I’ve always been enamored by the oddities
of the ‘average’ individual, the hidden secrets and twisted mind of your next door neighbor.
We are all strange in our own way. In knowing that, it can either keep us connected to our personal freedom or burdened by its ghastly shadow,”
says Strange.

Be strange here…

LIV STRANGE: Facebook

Irish Indie Rockers FONTAINES D.C. Cover Anglo-Irish Legends THE POGUES

7 Decmeber 2020

This year the young Irish wolves FONTAINES D.C. rocked their way to
the top of the indie universe with their second album A Hero’s Death.

Today we feature them with a magnificent rendition of sepia-colored
ballad I’M A MAN YOU NOT MEET EVERY DAY.

Actually, a traditional Irish music hall song recorded by THE POGUES
for their superb 1985 album Rum Sodomy & The Lash sung by Cait
O’Riordan
, ex-wife of Elvis Costello, who played bass with The Pogues
for four years.

The Fontaines‘ version is glorious. Frontman Grian Chatten‘s melancholic
voice, the Xmassy harmonies, and the overall Fairytale Of New York feel is
just exquisite.

Listen here…

The Pogues take…

THE POGUES: Facebook

ALISON MOSSHART Covers THE BOSS With An Electro Take Of ‘STATE TROOPER’

1 December 2020

ALISON MOSSHART, half of the splendid The Kills, released her
first far-out solo tracks this year with Rise and It Ain’t Water.

And as so many artists did before, while sitting at home instead of being
on the road, Alison also came up with a cover. She picked State Trooper,
a haunting masterstroke from Bruce Springsteen‘s 1982 album Nebraska.

In an interview with Forbes she said: “One of my favorite car songs, which I just
covered and I f**king love is “State Trooper,” by Bruce Springsteen. I’m obsessed with
that song. I just can sit and sing it all day. I love how cinematic it is, I love it’s so visual.
So that may be my favorite car song.”
Full interview here.

Here we go, Alison

Bruce‘s version…

ALISON MOSSHART: Facebook

20th Century Metalboy AL JOURGENSEN Covers T.REX

25 November 2020

AL JOURGENSEN, the disturbed spearhead of Chicago’s veteran metal act
MINISTRY teamed up in 2018 with LA-based Goth rock supergroup BEAUTY
IN CHAOS
for a titanic and back-breaking cover of 1973 glam hit 20TH CENTURY
BOY
by T. REX.

Their take is over the metallic moon. Steamed-up, hot-tempered, and filthy
with Jourgensen‘s horror-ific vox adding a Satanique craziness and heated
harmonica fragments reinforcing the stampede force of this blowout.

Aaaargghhh

I actually picked this ripper as cover of the week in the light of the recent event of MARC
BOLAN
, rightly so, becoming a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His son ROLAN did the acceptance speech in name of his late father…

Rolan himself covered T. Rex‘s 20th Century slam, last year, together with
The Mission‘s frontman Wayne Hussey and also a Beauty In Chaos mix…

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BEAUTY IN CHAOS: Facebook

(photo on top: cover ‘Relapse’ album)

BILL CALLAHAN And BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY Cover STEELY DAN

17 November 2020

Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy are two of a kind. Two emotional American songwriters and crooners, each blessed with a characterful voice that stands out in
their emotive works.

The two teamed up, including some friends, for a series of covers. So far they gave
us their version of songs by Cat Stevens, Hank Williams Jr, The Other Years, Dave Rich
and ‘wish you were gay‘ by teenage phenomenon Billie Eilish.

And they just shared another one, featuring their pal Bill Mackay. This time it’s
a song by 70s jazzy art-rockers Steely Dan. Bill & Bonnie picked DEACON BLUES
from the duo’s 1977 masterpiece Aja.

Tune in here…

The original

Cape Town’s Psychobilly Rockers THE MEDICINE DOLLS Cover THE B-52’S

11 November 2020

With time on their hands during these past, science-fiction-like, months,
many artists recorded covers of their favorite songs of other artists. So
did Cape Town‘s midnight psychobilly ramblers THE MEDICINE DOLLS.

They picked the awesome debut single Rock Lobster, released in 1978,
by The B-52’s, the incomparable and fabtastic misfits out of Athens, Georgia

The Dolls gave the track a spooky Medicine twist. Garage-esque, wacky,
but also totally fun. Perfect to start and end all New Year’s Eve parties with.

Watch (hilarious clip) and listen…

The original

You can find the cover on The Medicine Dolls stirring
debut album Filth And Wisdom. Stream here, buy here.

‘ALICE’ In Darkwave Land – SUPERCHUNK Cover Goth Icons SISTERS OF MERCY

2 November 2020

Veteran North-Carolina rockers SUPERCHUNK
just released a dynamite 2-track single.

The first one is a new original called THERE’S A GHOST
and the second stroke a steamy SISTERS OF MERCY
cover of their 1982 goth smash ALICE.

Check
it out here…


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The original

Oh no, we didn’t forget A-side ‘There’s A Ghost‘.
A pulsating crackajack with familiar, energetic vocals
by the passion driven Laura Ballance


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SUPERCHUNK: Facebook

Italian Synth Act COMMON FLAWS Covers SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

26 October 2020

Giacomo Oberti, the fontman and songwriter of sparkling Italian guitar/synth
pop combo The Bankrobber goes disco. With his fresh project Common Flaws
he aims at the dance floor.

The first effort is a cover of Happy House, a darkish single by goth queen Siouxsie and her Banshees. The song was released 40 years ago, on 8 March 1980 and featured on their Kaleidoscope album.

With an ongoing deep bass beat Common Flaws gives the already vibrant rhythm of Happy House a 90s techno resonance. The sampled, female vocals come from the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

This is the happy house
We’re happy here in the happy house
To forget ourselves and pretend all’s well
There is no hell, ooh-ooh

Watch the cool clip here and feel the vibe …

COMMON FLAWS: Facebook