16 August 2021
Scottish electro-pop darlings
Cover: THE KILLING MOON
Original by: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
From their grand 1984 album Ocean Rain
It’s hard to cover this magic Bunnymen classic, but Chrvches‘s take
with its big orchestration and Lauren Mayberry‘s nightingale voice
is pretty good.
Have a listen…
The unbeatable original…
2 August 2021
Artist: ANGEL OLSEN
New EP: AISLES
A 6-track cover EP of 80s hits
Out: 20 August 2021
One of the covers is 1982 hit Safety Dance by
Canadian band Men Without Hats. Olsen slows
it down to a trancy groove.
Catch the vibe here…
The original (clip)…
ANGEL OLSEN: Facebook
EP out 20 August – order info here
26 July 2021
No, I’m not getting tired whatsoever of Toyah and Robert and Sydney.
As long as they continue their hilarious Sunday Lunch Cover Sessions the
way they do now for months and months I’ll be in the front row.
I’m sure you can bet every week, somewhere on the Internet,
on which song the trio will splash and smash.
This Sunday the YT stars only wanted to talk about their generation.
Toyah looked like an adult teenage doll showing her sensation(s) exclusively
to Robert and in the end, she smashed the camera, à la Pete Townshend,
with her (not so) giant guitar.
Don’t try to put Toyah d-d-d-own…
The original stutter…
29 June 2021
Top actor Liam Neeson stars in a new action
thriller called The Ice Road on Netflix.
Famous American singer/songwriter/guitarist JASON ISBELL
appears on the soundtrack with a cover of a 1974 Johnny Cash
song, titled ALL I DO IS DRIVE.
Hear the beauty…
The Cash original…
JASON ISBELL: Instagram
21 June 2021
Band: BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD
Who: Seven young London misfits who made
an immense impression with their wayward
prog-post-punk-and-post-jazz debut album
For The First Time, released last February.
Covered song: MAMMA MIA (1975)
by Swedish hit machine ABBA
Here’s the live version as played yesterday at
a (socially distanced) gig in Birkenhead, UK.
Big fun, folks!
Mamma mia, here we go again…
BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD: Facebook
14 June 2021
TOYAH, her husband/soulmate/King Crimson legend ROBERT FRIPP
and their friend Sydney took a couple of weeks off from entertaining
thousands of us with their comical Sunday Lunch Cover Sessions on
YouTube. But their back now with their kitchen craziness.
“The kitchen trio are back having traveled the world and the seven seas.
Don’t miss this one, sure to provide sweet dreams.” said Toyah before
Let’s start the show…
7 June 2021
It’s only a week since London’s young, experimental noise explorers
BLACK MIDI unleashed their second album Calvacade. A jaw-dropping
And they’re already back with a number of exclusive flexi discs
with covers of King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, Prince, Taylor Swift
and Talking Heads.
I go for their Psycho Killer cover. A classic that suits them like a glove…
The (still) flabbergasting original…
BLACK MIDI: Facebook
2 June 2021
MOBY released new album Reprise a few days ago. It features
orchestral and acoustic arrangements of songs from the past,
with the Budapest Art Orchestra, a string quartet, along with
several guest artists.
The record also includes a notable cover of
David Bowie‘s 24 Karat classic ‘Heroes.’
Moby: “‘Heroes’ was one of the first records (well, cassettes) I ever
bought, and I still think it’s the most beautiful song ever written.”
With the wonderful and soulful voice of Mindy Jones, Moby strips
the song and the pace down, let it float like a cloud in the sky, with
a mellow piano upfront and a gripping, symphonic finale. A vocal
and musical beauty!
I know, nobody can match Bowie‘s masterstroke
performance of ‘Heroes’ but this interpretation
gives me goosebumps.
Original Bowie clip…
Moby’s Reprise album…
4 May 2021
THE BLACK KEYS, the most famous blues-rock tandem, for the past few
years – before them the White Stripes ruled the world – go back to the roots
that inspired their sound and spirit. They canned an album of covers, titled
DELTA KREAM, out next month, 14 May. More info here
It’s a collection honoring their heroes of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues.
John Lee Hooker, Big Joe Williams, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Junior Kimbrough
and Ranie Burnette.
One of the pearls is The Keys version of Going Down South by R.L. Burnside.
Let that guitar slide…
THE BLACK KEYS: Facebook
26 April 2021
TOYAH and helpmate ROBERT FRIPP keep on bubbling in their
home bubble. Their weekly Sunday Lunch cover sessions (since
April 2020) are spreading on the Internet like a benign rock virus.
Yesterday they turned SILVERMACHINE, the 1972 classic
space rocker by British psych outlaws HAWKIND featuring
the late great Lemmy, upside down.
Let the bubbles fly Toyah…