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

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

Iconic Veteran TODD RUNDGREN Inflames WEEZER’s ‘Hash-Pipe’…

14 April 2019

Wow! Double wow! Triple Wow! Flamboyant iconic veteran TODD RUNDGREN was always hungry to do something unexpected throughout his long career. This time he kept it real simple by giving WEEZER‘s classic HASH PIPE a heavy kick upon its doped ass during a live in-studio session for Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Manhattan, New York. Rundgren has covered this nasty rocker regularly for some years now, on his live shows or on special occasions. But this inflaming rendition beats any other of his versions available on YouTube. Wow…

TODD RUNDGREN: Facebook

It’s Official Now! J MASCIS Covers TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS…

10 April 2019

After J MASCIS was captured singing DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT, a top track
from the late, great TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS that appeared
on their 1979 album Damn The Torpedoes in a mostly empty Massachusetts
karaoke bar last summer he has now recorded the song officially. Check here…

Here’s the less impressive, yet lively karaoke version…

J MASCIS: Facebook / TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: Facebook

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX – French Synth Pop Outfit Has A ‘Heart Of Gold’ For Legend NEIL YOUNG…

6 March 2019

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX is a French electronic collective from Montpellier with a colorful taste for atmospheric synth-pop waves. They are working on their new EP but made time to cover one of NEIL YOUNG‘s timeless classics, also his greatest hit ever, No 1 in the US, HEART OF GOLD. Maybe folk purists will raise their eyebrows on hearing this vibey and new wave-ish interpretation but I’m sure the diehard Young fans will immediately think
of their hero’s experimental 1982 album TRANS when the legend employed a vocoder
to synthesize his voice on some of the tracks. To my ears, this smooth You Are Number
Six
cover with its sensual duet vocals fits right in there on that misinterpreted longplayer. Check it out for yourself right here…

YOU ARE NUMBER SIX: Facebook – Bandcamp


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