Gosh, this is my 200th post!
And, here’s a surprise: a track by The Wedding Present. Who’d have thunk it?
In early 1990, in between the release of the “Bizarro” and “Seamonsters” albums, the band hooked up with Steve Albini to re-record the “Brassneck” single. Albini dislikes the term “producer”; he prefers to be either uncredited or referred to as the “recording engineer.” The project led to Albini returning to
produce engineer the whole “Seamonsters” album.
At the time, The Wedding Present were one of those bands whose B-sides and additional tracks on 12″ and CD singles were worth listening to (see also all singles by The Smiths and oh-go-on-then-I’ll-admit-it early Oasis singles) featuring as they did songs which at best were potential singles, at the very least album tracks. There will be further evidence of this at some point in the future here.
One of the extra tracks on the “Brassneck” 12″ was this absolute monster:
The Wedding Present – Don’t Talk Just Kiss
The only down-side of this, one of my favourite Wedding Present songs ever, is that it has the same title as this:
Right Said Fred – Don’t Talk Just Kiss
Don’t worry, I’ve got this covered. We can salvage something positive from this.
In 1992, the Heavenly record label released a three track 12″ featuring acts from their stable performing covers of songs by Right Said Fred, with all proceeds going to the Terence Higgins Trust. The other two tracks will almost undoubtedly feature on these pages sooner or later; for now though, here’s Flowered Up’s version of the above song, one of the finest moments they ever committed to vinyl in their short-lived career:
Flowered Up – Don’t Talk Just Kiss
1983 saw the release of this absolute classic:
Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
The act name is a bit of a misnomer though: Grandmaster Flash played no part in this record having already left the Sugarhill Records label that released it.
Seriously, what a tune that is. And it’s impossible to listen to it without at the very least joining in with the “Baby” parts, as evidenced by the song’s appearance in the wonderful popular culture referencing “Sean of the Dead” movie:
As for the godawful cover, well I suspect most of you know what’s coming. Brace yourself.
Duran Duran – White Lines
Given their reputation in the 80s, I’ve never worked out whether or not this cover is supposed to be ironic. Or just hypocritical.
Not that it matters. It’s awful, ironic or not.
Some more simple lessons today.
- Shorten the title
- Be a band that personifies a current musical trend
- Add a couple of phrases which mean nothing, but can be repeated to show incredulity (i.e. “You’re twisting my melons, man!” and “Call the cops!”)
- Most importantly, have a bloke in the band who contributes nothing musically, but who just dances in a way that every teenager can copy.
Like this, in other words:
Happy Mondays – Step On
To illustrate point 4, here’s the video and Bez (as if you needed telling):
And here’s the longer titled, less cool, Bez-free original version:
John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You Again
Regular readers will know that the main idea of this blog, which has fallen by the wayside somewhat recently (but will be resurrected soon), is to go through every record I’ve ever bought in the order that I bought them, an idea I blatantly lifted from Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity”.
The book was made into a movie starring John Cusack, and here’s the bit in question:
There’s another section of the film which references a song which, when I watched it once with a former flat-mate of mine, they said they didn’t know:
Well, let me put that right.
Here’s Charlie Rich:
Charlie Rich – Behind Closed Doors
So now you know.