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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Music is The Doctor #25 Cover Version (2)

For the 25th Music is the Doctor Playlist we return to a theme done before way back on Playlist #3 - Cover Versions.

On the Playlist
...Baby One More Time - August Burns Red.
I wonder what Britney would make of this!

Airplanes - The Ready Set
Decent cover of the B.o.B. (featuring Hayley Williams) hit.

Royals - Youth In Revolt
Have to say that I really do love this cover. Springsteen of course did a version when he played down in New Zealand but this version outshines The Boss!

Babylon's Burning - Die Toten Hosen
Fairly faithful cover of Ruts classic.

River Deep, Mountain High - The Saints
Released in 1977 on their 1-2-3-4 EP and then added to the 2004 remastered version of (I'm) Stranded album.

Time is Tight - The Clash
Cracking wee instrumental from The Clash performing Booker T. and the MG's Time is Tight. Their version was first released on the album Black Market Clash from 1980.

Police On My Back - Willie Nile
Originally done by The Equals. The Clash's version appeared on Sandinista and on the Tribute Album The Sandinista Project Willie also covered it.

The Magnificent Seven - Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers
Taken from the Tribute Album The Sandinista Project.

I Fought The Law - Ducks Deluxe
Another almost Clash related one! Love this. What a band The Ducks were! One of the founding bands of the whole Pub Rock Scene in the 1970's. So much history tied up in this one band alone: Brinsley Schwarz - his Pub Rock band named after himself included Nick Lowe and he would go onto be a part of Graham Parker and the Rumour. Sean Tyla - who would form The Tyla Gang,  would produce for Stiff Records, and even guested on Joan Jett's eponymous album back in 1980 (that was re-released as Bad Reputation in 1981). Martin Belmont - former roadie for Brinsley Schwarz and would be a founding member of The Rumour - backing band for Graham Parker, they were also joined by Nick Garvey - who would go on to form The Motors and Ken Whaley (RIP) -  bassist who went on to be a part of The Tyla Gang but he had left before they recorded anything.

Everywhere - Yellowcard
Another from the first album in the Punk Goes Pop series. Always like this tune as done originally by Michelle Branch (a single and also appears on her album The Spirit Room). Really got into Yellowcard a few years ago when they released their album Southern Air in 2012 and love what they do with this one.

Teenage Kicks - The Offenders
Have heard this a few times being covered but I have to say that I'm quite taken with The Offenders version of what was John Peel's favourite song ever!

Until the End of the World - Patti Smith
This version can be found on the cover mount CD - "AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered" that was released via Q magazine.

Another Girl Another Planet - The Lightning Seeds
Quite a few folks have covered this but there's something quite charming about Ian Broudie and his band ripping through it that makes me smile.

Do Anything You Wanna Do - Michael Monroe
With his band Demolition 23 he covered loads of great punk tunes and on other solo releases he's included various covers as well.

Ballroom Blitz - MotΓΆrDam
 MotΓΆrhead and The Damned combine for a rousing version of The Sweet classic.

Mama Weer All Crazee Now - The Runaways
Keeping with the glam how about The Runaways covering Slade for their 1979 album And Now...The Runaways.

20th Century Boy - Placebo (featuring David Bowie)
Siouxsie and the Banshees did a worthy cover of this, as did Girlschool. Def Leppard covered it (and we'll say no more about that one!). This one though was pretty cool, a performance at the Brit Awards in 1999.

 You Better Move On - The Boys
A 1961 classic by Arthur Alexander that was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama done so perfectly by The Boys for their To Hell With The Boys album and it was released as a single on Safari Records in 1980.

Darling, Let's Have Another Baby - Kirsty MacColl and Billy Bragg
Originally released in 1978 on Chiswick Records by Johnny Moped and was written by Johnny's Bass player Fred Berk. Kirsty teamed up with Billy Bragg to record it as a track on Walking Down Madison CD2. This version is taken from a BBC Session for Nicky Campbell's Show and was included on the reissue of Electric Landlady.

I Wanna Destroy You - Uncle Tupelo
Written by Robyn Hitchcock and originally released by The Soft Boys as a single in 1980. It was featured on their album Underwater Moonlight. The Uncle Tupelo version was recorded in 1991 and released as a B-Side to Gun on Rockville Records. The Circle Jerks have also covered it and Sham 69 covered it on the album Their Finest Hour.

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