CHROMATICS Cover Folk Singer JACKSON C. FRANK’s Melancholic Reverie ‘I WANT TO BE ALONE’…

27 August 2019

While we’re waiting for their new album – which was already announced to be released
at the end of 2014(!) – Portland‘s electro collective CHROMATICS are filling the gap now – before playing the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris next November – with a cover of the late folk singer-songwriter Jackson C. Frank ’s song ‘I WANT TO BE ALONE (DIALOGUE)’. A fanciful reverie for the twilight hours. Here’s the video clip produced by the band’s composer and producer Johnny Jewel

Here’s the original JACKSON C. FRANK song, an American folk singer who made
only one album, produced by Paul Simon, and passed away in 1999, only 56…

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Noise Rockers METZ Cover GARY NUMAN – Here’s ‘M.E.’

21 August 2019


(pic by Turn Up The Volume!)

Fierce Canadian rockers METZ released their excellent rarities compilation Automat last month. The vinyl version included an exclusive 7” single featuring their interpretation of songs from three other, unexpected, artists: Sparklehorse‘s ‘Pig‘ from a very limited 2012 Record Store Day split single. ‘I’m A Bug a cover of The Urinals art-punk classic, originally released on YouTube in 2014 and a previously unreleased rendition of electro legend GARY NUMAN‘s song ‘M.E.’ from his 1979 ‘Pleasure Principle‘ album.⁣⁣
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The band have made the three covers available
digitally everywhere. You can stream them all here.

For Numan’s ‘M.E.’ the band shared an animated clip. Listen/watch this way…

METZ: Facebook


Stream/purchase compilation AUTOMAT via Bandcamp

JULIANA HATFIELD Covers THE POLICE – Here’s ‘DE DO DO DO, DO DA DA DA’…

2 August 2019

Last year charismatic 90s rocker JULIANA HATFIELD and former Blake Babies frontwoman released Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia-Newton John. Yep, a full LP
of Olivia Newton-John covers. Early this year she issued an album of new own songs,
titled Weird and now she returns with a selection of THE POLICE tracks. Here’s the
first one ‘DE DO DO DO, DO DA DA DA’. A song with one of the daftest lyrics ever
but a sickly catchy tune and Hatfield gives it a fresh cool swing. Sing along here…


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JULIANA HATFIELD: Facebook


JULIANA HATFIELD SINGS THE POLICE – out 15th November – all info here 

Here’s FREDDIE DICKSON Mesmeric Interpretation Of NICK CAVE’s Pearl ‘THE SHIP SONG’…

9 July 2019

Covering a Nick Cave song is a bold venture as such. Doing it as beatific as London’s singer-songwriter FREDDIE DICKSON does is a spine-chilling triumph. Assisted by a divine female voice Dickson throws all his vocal passion and sonant devotion into his wondrous interpretation of this astonishing Cave classic. Capture the mesmeric magic right here…


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FREDDIE DICKSON: Facebook

BOB MOULD Covers THE BUZZCOCKS’ Rad Ripper ‘I DON’T MIND’…

12 June 2019

Former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman BOB MOULD launched his new, 13th, critically acclaimed solo album Sunshine Rock last February. Today he announced new tour dates and he also shared his rendition of BUZZCOCKS‘ rad ripper ‘I DON’T MIND’ from the Manchester pop punk legends’ 1978 debut LP Another Music In A Different Kitchen. Check it out below…

Here’s the original…

R.I.P. Pete Shelley…

ROY ORBISON Topped US Singles Chart 58 Years Ago With ‘RUNNING SCARED’ – Here’s NICK CAVE’s Raw Rendition…

5 June 2019

Today 58 years ago, on 5 June 1961, the late great Big O better known as ROY ORBISON topped the US Singles Chart with ‘RUNNING SCARED‘. To my ears, his best ever song and his best every vocal performance. NICK CAVE, one of his most fervent fans covered this timeless diamond back in 1986 (the year Cave‘s covers album Kicking Against the Pricks came out). With his baritone voice and darksome timbre he turned ‘Running Scared‘ in
a doomy near-murder ballad. Check it out below…

If you never heard the original than this standout
live version will blow you off your socks…

ROY ORBISON: Website – Facebook

Portland’s Electro Act CHROMATICS Covers HOLE’s Darksome ‘PETALS’ Track…

28 May 2019

Countless fans are still waiting for Portland‘s electro act CHROMATICS‘ follow-up LP to their fourth longplayer called  Kill For Love released in 2012. Actually a new full length titled Dear Tommy was already announced back in 2014 but except for some singles no new full record yet.

To ease the impatience the band, let by the charismatic Ruth Radelet, has shared their cover of ‘PETALS‘, a song by Courtney Love‘s former band HOLE (from their splendid 1998 Celebrity Skin LP). Chromatics take is more hopeful, more romantic and lighter that the original. Check it out here…

Here’s the original by Hole

CHROMATICS: Facebook

JULIEN BAKER – Her Vocal Rendition Of BLEACHERS’ Beauty ‘EVERYBODY LOST SOMEBODY’ Is Amazing…

21 May 2019

Last November, NYC’s indie rockers Bleachers announced via their mastermind Jack Antonoff the release of a 4-part vinyl club record of reinterpretations of 4 songs of their 2017 album Gone Now. The project entitled Terrible Thrills Vol. 3 featured the artists Mitski, Julien Baker, Ani difranco and Muna as well as demos and new versions of songs by the band. Now the reworked tracks will be shared digitally too.

Here’s the wonderful Memphis singer/songwriter JULIEN BAKER‘s take on EVERYBODY LOST SOMEBODY‘. One of the highlights of that Bleachers‘ album, and she’s truly amazing. Baker turned it into a passionate humdinger with a stirring vocal performance. Enjoy the splendor here…

JULIEN BAKER: Facebook / BLEACHERS: Facebook

BECK Turning DAVID BOWIE’s Classic ‘SOUND AND VISION’ Into A Gigantic Symphony…

13 May 2019

The Cover

Musical centipede BECK covered ‘SOUND AND VISION‘, one of DAVID BOWIE‘s highlights of his groundbreaking electronic 1977 album LOW six years ago in a truly fantastic way, with an 157-piece orchestra on a slowly rotating stage creating an 360 audio version. The massive band was conducted by Beck’s father, the acclaimed arranger David Campbell. It happened at one-off event in Los Angeles on 5 February 2013. Enjoy the grandeur here…

The Original

Belgian Daydreamers SUN GODS Cover THE CURE’s Classic ‘PICTURES OF YOU’…

23 April 2019

Belgian pop daydreamers SUN GODS celebrate the 30th birthday of THE CURE‘s darksome masterwork DISINTEGRATION with an interpretation of their own of PICTURES OF YOU, the best track on that much-lauded longplayer and to Turn Up The Volmume‘s ears the Goth stars’ most magnetic pièce de résistance.

Considering the song’s classic status SUN GODS‘s choice to cover it, is both daring and bold. It’s the passionate vox of frontman Brent Buckler that colors this beauty differently from the original score. Suddenly it feels like there is still hope for a better future after
Pictures Of You‘ instead of a never-ending grief as reflected in the doom-loaded impact
of Robert Smith‘s performance. One outstanding song, two different, affecting renditions.

Absorb the impressive cover here…

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SUN GODS: Facebook


Purchase PICTURES OF YOU via iTunes