Apr 28, 2012

Under Cover Again

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We go back under cover this week and listen to another 55 minutes of popular tunes performed by not so popular bands. We start of with two blistering mod covers of soul numbers: Heat Wave by The Who and I'll Keep Holding On by their less-successful but equally sharp contemporaries The Action. Then we're right into one of the oddest covers in the play list – the Residents' version of James Brown's This is a Man's, Man's World. My highlight this week is Caetano Veloso's touching re-imagining of Help.
  1. Heat Wave    The Who    A Quick One    1966    Reaction
  2. I'll Keep Holding On    The Action    7"    1966    Parlophone
  3. This Is a Man's World    The Residents    7"    1984    Ralph
  4. Kentucky Woman    Deep Purple    The Book Of Taliesyn    1968    Harvest
  5. With A Girl Like You    Alex Chilton    19 Years: A Collection Of Alex Chilton    1986    Rhino
  6. Help    Caetano Veloso    Jóia    1975    Philips
  7. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat    Bert Jansch & John Renbourn    Bert And John    1966    Transatlantic
  8. Thicker Than A Smokey    Six Organs of Admittance    School Of The Flower    2005    Drag City
  9. Goldfinger    Magazine    Touch and Go 7"    1978    Virgin
  10. Third Uncle    Bauhaus    1979-1983    1985    Beggars Banquet
  11. Mary Anne    Spacemen 3    Sound Of Confusion    1986    Fire
  12. Show Me the Way    Dinosaur Jr    You're Living All Over Me    1987    SST
  13. Superstar    Sonic Youth    If I were a Carpenter    1994    A&M
  14. The Model    Big Black    Songs About Fucking    1987    Blast First
  15. Leave Them All Behind    Whitey    The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train    2004    1234

Apr 21, 2012

Here, there and anywhere

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We're all over the place this week: here, there, everywhere and nowhere. The first song by The Beatles (a rare appearance on this programme) sets out the store this week. The rest speak for themselves. But we close on a memorial to two musicians that have gone before. The first is Greg Ham, the saxophonist and flautist with Australian pop band Men At Work, whose hit "Down Under" is memorable for being one of a few songs to mention the sandwich spread Vegemite. The second was the great Levon Helm, drummer and singer of The Band, who finally succumbed to cancer this week. We also say goodbye to Aytan Alpman, who passed on Saturday. (Not my bardak of cay, however.) Farewell all three.
  1. Here, There And Everywhere    The Beatles    Revolver    1966    Parlophone 
  2. Here Comes The Night    The Beach Boys    Wild Honey    1967    Capitol 
  3. There She Goes Again    The Velvet Underground    The Velvet Underground Featuring Nico 1967   Verve 
  4. Somewhere There's A Feather    Nico    Chelsea Girl    1968    Verve 
  5. Destination Anywhere    The Marveltettes    Changing Times        Tamla 
  6. Git In There    Betty Davis    They Say I'm Different    1974    Just Sunshine 
  7. Dada Was Here    Soft Machine    Volume Two    1968    ABC/Probe 
  8. Here I Go    Syd Barrett    The Madcap Laughs    1970    Harvest 
  9. Here he comes    Brian Eno    Before and after Science    1977    Island 
  10. Out There    Dinosaur Jr    Where You Been?    1993    Blanco y Negro/Sire 
  11. Where Is My Mind?    Pixies    Surfer Rosa    1988    4AD 
  12. Take Me There    Mudhoney    Piece of Cake    1992    Reprise 
  13. Nowhere    Teenage Fanclub    Man-Made    2005    PeMa 
  14. Land Down Under    Men At Work    Buisiness As Usual    1981    Columbia 
  15. Up on cripple creek    The Band    The Band    1969    Capitol