10 October 2020
Immortal singer-songwriter genius JOHN LENNON was born in Liverpool 80 years ago,
on 9 October 1940 and his son SEAN, the only child he had with YOKO ONO (who’s 87), was born 45 years later on the same day as his dad. Happy birthday to both Lennons.
To celebrate his father’s 80th birthday Sean covered ISOLATION, one of the highlights of his world famous dad’s solo debut album titled John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which was released almost 50 years ago, on 11 December 1970.
It’s really incredible how Sean’s voice resembles his father’s vox. They are truly family…
SEAN LENNON: Facebook
Happy 80 John, happy 45 Sean…
30 September 2020
The magnificent SHARON VAN ETTEN shared her affecting cover of HURT, the gripping ballad by industrial rockers NINE INCH NAILS from their 1994 album The Downward Spiral.
Van Etten covered the song for a special reason: “I recently spoke with Sounds Of Saving and performed a cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails. Sounds Of Saving is an organization aiming to reduce our country’s suicide rate, an effort I care deeply about.”
Here’s her short interview with Sounds Of Saving and her magical performance of Hurt…
As much as I love Sharon‘s rendition, my ears, my heart, and soul still prefer the version by the late great Johnny Cash. Nine Inch Nail’s maestro Trent Reznor said he cried when he heard Cash’s most touching exploit…
NINE INCH NAILS: Facebook
3 September 2020
London’s famous synth-pop act HOT CHIP are part of the Late Night Tales project.
A series of artist curated compilation albums. The mix features several artists with
Hot Chip including three original songs, and a cover.
For the cover they picked CANDY SAYS. A mesmeric song about a transsexual,
written by the late singer-songwriter icon LOU REED. It appeared on The Velvet Underground‘s third, self-titled LP released in 1969.
You can’t beat Reed‘s unique voice but Hot Chip‘s frontman Alexis Taylor does an
excellent job. His vox hasn’t that mysterious timbre of the rock ‘n’ toll animal but
his take is as moody and gripping as the original performance.
“Candy says I’ve come to hate my body
And all that it requires in this world
Candy says I’d like to know completely
What others so discretely talk about”
HOT CHIP: Facebook
28 August 2020
GREG DULLI & MARK LANEGAN, two of the most characterful voices in
rock, you can recognize anytime, anywhere joined forces years ago as
The Gutter Twins leaving a lasting impression with their 2008 album
The two 24/7 musicians now teamed up again for a cover of Bob Dylan’s
Girl From The North Country (a duet with his buddy, the late legend
Johnny Cash) from his 1969 Nashville Skyline album.
The cover was the B-side to Greg Dulli‘s single A Ghost from his magnificent solo
album Random Desire (one of this year’s best longplayers). Tomorrow 29 August,
the duet song is available as a limited blue vinyl release. More info HERE. Suppose
living troubadour legend Bob Dylan would have joined the pair for this unqiue recording. Sorry… I was only dreaming.
Sing it, guys…
(striking live version)
GREG DULLI: Facebook / MARK LANEGAN: Twitter
Natural born vocalists…
27 August 2020
Veteran alt-rockers YO LA TENGO from New Jersey just announced a new EP called SLEEPLESS NIGHT, with covers of five of their favorite songs. One of Bob Dylan, The Flying Machine, The Delmore Brothers, Ronnie Lane, and The Byrds and one new track of their own.
The covers were all initially released as part of a limited-edition catalog for a Los Angeles Country Museum Of Art retrospective of the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara who assisted the band to choose the five covers.
You can hear here their take on THE BYRDS‘ ballad I WASN’T BORN TO FOLLOW, co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, which was part of the soundtrack of the classic movie Easy Rider…
YO LA TENGO: Facebook
29 July 2020
ALEX KAPRANOS (frontman Franz Ferdinand) and French songstress CLARA LUCIANI found each other for a cover of ‘SUMMER WINE‘, one of the many hits of 60s glamorous duo Lee Hazlewood and natural beauty Nancy Sinatra. Seductive pop sensuality at its very best
Kapranos and Luciani‘s take has a sexy touch as Luciani sings French, her native
language (sexiest language on the planet) bringing French fab couple Serge Gainsbourg
and Jane Birkin.
Listen here and watch the fitting video clip…
19 July 2020
Green Day’s captain BILLIE JOE AMSTRONG is one of the many artists who’s pretty productive during these bizarre isolation days sharing covers of great pop hits from
the past (like The Bangles’ Manic Monday).
Just now he dropped another cover. This time it’s an old cracker called POLICE ON MY BACK by 60s beat band The Equals led by founder Eddy Grant who started a successful solo career years later. It’s obvious why Amstrong picked this particular song, as it is about police intimidation of black people.
GREEN DAY: Facebook
(photo on top: FB Green Day)
17 July 2020
Imperishable star Chrissie Hynde and James Walbourne revealed the seventh
instalment in their Dylan Lockdown Series. Previously we got Dylan gems like
‘Standing in the Doorway‘, ‘In The Summertime’ and ‘You’re A Big Girl Now’.
Next up is emotional ballad DON’T FALL APART ON ME TONIGHT.
A highlight from the living legend’s 1983 album Infidels.
Hynde and Wallbourne‘s take is tender, sincere, and emphatic.
Notable again is Chrissie‘s never-changing, gripping voice.
Still arresting and touching. Respect! Love you!
Embrace the pearl here…
CHRISSIE HYNDE: Facebook / JAMES WALBOURNE: Facebook
From the master’s 22nd album INFIDELS (1983)
(Photo on top: Facebook James Walbourne)
16 July 2020
AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan And T. Rex is a tribute compilation project realized by the late Saturday Night Live music producer Hal Willner who spent years working on it with several big names covering T.REX songs, the immensely popular and influential (then and now) 60s glam act led by the great, late rock icon Marc Bolan.
The compilation features Nick Cave, Devendra Banhart, Father John Misty, Perry Farrell, Lucinda Williams, and U2 with Elton John and several other stars. The release was announced in April, a few weeks after, Willner died, unfortunately, of coronavirus.
JOAN JETT also picked a T.Rex classic, 1971 hit JEEPSTER. Her version is faithful to the original. Pretty cool, but I wished she had injected the jangly glam and glitter jingle with some ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ energy, black leather swagger, and tons of guitar decibels. But
she didn’t phone me for advice, so here’s what she wanted to do…
Here’s the original…
JOAN JETT: Facebook / T.REX: Discography