How to Do a Cover Version

There’s a certain amount of mutual appreciation about today’s selections.

When I first started this blog, I decided that the main thrust of it would be to document every pop record that I ever bought, in the order I bought them, a la that scene in “High Fidelity”, and to reclaim a few songs back that many would consider to be Guilty Pleasures. I introduced an arbitrary starting point, that being the first pop single record that I had either bought for myself or cajoled someone into buying for me.

The reason for this, was that were I to start any earlier than that, I would be talking about records I owned by Basil Brush, or The Wurzels, amongst others.¬†I owned a few¬†bits and bobs like that, mostly “comedy records”, by the likes of The Barron Knights or the aforementioned Wurzels, who both dealt in “funny” versions of popular hits.

Now I’d planned to stay well clear of them, but on Friday night, as I was waiting to be served at the bar, the¬†original of¬†today’s choice sprang to mind. Then¬†I remembered¬†that a much cooler band had released their version of it as a limited edition 7″ single, available only on their 2005 tour, or via their website.

It was too perfect a choice for me to miss up. So I ordered myself a pint of Hawkes’ Urban Orchard cider (and darn yummy it was too, as were the following six) and resolved I’d post both versions of the song that had enticed me so.

So here’s the cover version:

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British Sea Power – I Am A Cider Drinker

and…brace yourself….here’s the original:

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The Wurzels – I Am A Cider Drinker

The more observant of you will have spotted mention of British Sea Power’s “Remember Me” up there on the 7″ sleeve, and felt the cold finger of fear brush down your spine when you realised what that meant. Yes, on the same limited edition release, The Wurzels returned the favour. So, for the sake of completeness, here’s the original:

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British Sea Power – Remember Me

and…no, I mean it when I say¬†really brace yourself this time….the cover version:

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The Wurzels – Remember Me

I’ve always loved the video for the original, and I think we might need it to cleanse the palate after that, so here you go:

More soon.

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