How to Do a Cover Version

Regular readers will know that a while back I started a thread here where I posted all of the cover versions one of my favourite bands, The Wedding Present, had done in their long, illustrious, career. (I’ll be resurrecting that thread soon!).

This morning, though, we’re going to turn the tables.

So today’s lesson on how to do a cover version is simple:

Be an all-girl Japanese garage rock band (who just happen to be signed to The Wedding Present’s Scopitones label):


Toquiwa – Kennedy

And here’s the original, in all it’s glory:


The Wedding Present – Kennedy

And as an extra treat, here’s Gedge and co performing it live, taken from their “An Evening With The Wedding Present” DVD. Altogether now: “Lost your love of life? Too much apple pie”:

More soon.

Sunday Morning Coming Down

It’s not often that I can introduce you to records where the main vocal is provided by former Blue Peter gardener Percy Thrower. In fact, this will be the only time.

I’ll go further: today’s record continues the BBC’s, and by extension Blue Peter’s, remit to both entertain and educate.

Don’t let that put you off though; today’s track is by the saucily titled Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve (google it, but not at work), which, to the uninitiated, is the moniker under which Erol Alkan (who I have eulogised about on these pages before, and doubtless will again) and Richard Norris (of The Grid, and The Time and Space Machine, who I can also recommend) release their psycho-balearic loveliness.

If all of that isn’t enough of an enticement to you to listen to this morning’s tune, then I don’t think I can do much else. You are beyond help.


Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve – Winter in June

Nice that, innit?

More soon.