This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Cover Versions of Go-Betweens songs and other Go-Betweens related material. June 25, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
I’m in a Go-Betweens mood this Summer and this week, I need the cheering up, don’t we all? But in addition to being in that mood the thought strikes that cover versions are interesting. Some might think that they’re redundant, at least in an age of electronic audio where the ‘original’ versions of songs are definitive (despite the best efforts of corporations to sell myriad variations on same). And yet, and yet, there’s something about hearing one group or individual work with someone else’s material that is fascinating. And it can place tracks in a sort of continuum.
I can count on the fingers of one hand cover versions I actually think are superior to the originals. Let’s Spend the Night Together by Bowie is the one that springs to mind most immediately. The Sex Pistols various efforts. Van Halen’s Where Have All the Good Times Gone, Summer Breeze by Type O Negative… er… there’s got to be more (any suggestions gratefully accepted).
And yet it is frustrating. Take the Go-Betweens. I’ve long thought that their songs were/are often perfect. So what precisely is the point of someone coming along and doing a cover?
But, of course, the truth is they’ve every right to do it. And I think it is also true listening to this selection that the individual approaches do illuminate the underlying songs. There are two covers albums for the Go-Betweens, both out of print and both with fairly obscure groups. But there’s a fair number of other covers floating around both available as downloads or on YouTube.
I’ve also thrown in a few other tracks – an entertaining track complaining about Grant McLennan, another by Teenage Fanclub which appears to reference the band and the short instrumental by our own Stars of Heaven, Before Holyhead which deserves enormous kudos for the title alone. BTW I was a bit dubious there was a connection with Teenage Fanclub until I read about how well they knew each other. We start with post Go-Betweens project Cleopatra Wong where Amanda Brown and Lindy Morrison of the Go-Betweens went super poppy. I like it. That too is out of print unfortunately, I’d love high quality files of it.
Cleopatra Wong – Thank You
Stars of Heaven – Never Saw You/ Before Holyhead
Norman Blake and Joe Bernice – Finding You & Follow Me Down
Nada Surf – Love Goes On!
Smudge – Don’t Want To Be Grant McLennan
Franz Ferdinand – Was There Anything I Could Do?
Jimmy Little – Cattle & Cane
The Cherry Orchards: Streets of Your Town
The Radio Dept – Bachelor Kisses
Ivy – Streets of your town
Ed Kuepper – Finding You