How To Do a Cover Version

Did somebody mention World of Twist?

Don’t mind if I do.

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World of Twist – She’s A Rainbow (12″ Version)

This is the extended version released as an extra track on The Storm single, which I was lucky enough to be given as a promo back in the day when I was DJing at college. At the time, I thought it was a little bit too Candyflip to actually play out, but loved it nonetheless, which probably says more about the quality of the respective originals than anything else.

Speaking of which:

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The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow

More soon.

The Sample Life

Today, one of the most iconic tunes from the world of rap (which is nothing like World of Leather, or World of Twist for that matter):

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N.W.A. – Express Yourself

I’ve owned a copy (on mp3, admittedly) of the original for quite a while now, but knew nothing about the artiste that recorded it, so I did a little research on them for this post, only to find that they used to be Bill Cosby’s touring band, so I decided it’s probably best I don’t say anything else, just in case it happens to be libellous. Besides, I just had what appears to be a perfectly innocent looking drink passed to me and I’m suddenly feeling  little woozy after sipping it…

So, here’s the original record with no further comment:

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Charles Wright and The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself

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Good Riddance

So as I was writing last night’s Friday Night Music Club, the news broke that Ian Duncan Smith had resigned from his position in the UK Government as Work and Pensions Secretary, apparently in protest over the proposed cuts in personal independence payments (PIP), which, since the Budget announcement earlier this week, have been subject to much scrutiny, criticism and protest. In short, there was to be a £4.4 billion cut to funding for  PIP, which assists people with disabilities.

I don’t buy this as his reason. For a start, he was all for it when it was official policy. Secondly, this is no man with a conscience: cuts that Duncan Smith introduced under his regime have produced an increase in the number of food-banks, have made tenants less secure and have left children impoverished simply for having being born into larger families. People were left penniless for weeks on end. I was unemployed when his cuts started, and thankfully found work just in time to escape the full force of his actions.

Whatever his reasons for going, I’m glad to see the back of him. Sadly, I suspect it’s not the last we’ve seen of him.

And since he quit his job, presumably he’ll have to wait 26 weeks before being entitled to any benefits (one of the reforms he brought in).

Anyway, you didn’t come here to listen to me rant, you came here for some tuneage. This song seemed appropriate:

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Green Day – Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)

More soon.