Poor George Lazenby, he never really got a fair shake did he?
Well, like I mentioned in yesterday’s post on Goldfinger, today is national Quantum of Solace day (at least in this house) and we’ll be observing it by, well, going to see QoS of course and by posting some personal choice James Bond Theme covers in the 2nd installment of our mini 3 day Bond cover marathon.
Kicking off as always is with my pick of the day, Barry Adamason and his 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme. If they ever decide to switch it up a bit and get a black Bond, then Barry’s their man, or at the very least they need to hire him for their soundtracks.
Despite Bond’s heavy visual influence on ska and early reggae, there’s a surprising shortage of covers in that department. So in addition to the above Adamson one, we also have a few more from The Selecter (a close second favorite btw), Les Ejectés, The Skatalites and Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Brothers.
What would Bond be withoutsome swingin’ lounge and exotica, or would that be vice versa? In either case here’s some music to play bacarat by… from Ray Martin, Perez Prado, Tropical Jazz Big Band, Al Caiola, Ray Barretto, Leroy Holmes and Fanfare Ciocarlia.
And like yesterday’s post there’s surf and twang versions galore(doh!). Gremmys on her majestys secret service include Ray Columbus And The Invaders, The Playboys, Voodoo Court, Ralph Rebel, Deadbolt, The Surf Coasters, ZZ en de Maskers, The Bitch Boys and the Urban Surf Kings.
Electronica also gets in on the spy game with covers from Double Zero (downtempo), Koto (Italo-disco), Propellerheads (big beat), LTJ Bukem (drum n’ bass) and Art of Noise (er, well, Art of Noise).
Some great chin stroking avant garde jazz bits from Sex Mob and John Zorn. ‘Conceptual’ sure, but with no less fun.
The Toy Dolls and Gorilla make some fine punk versions for those that prefer a few safety pins in their finely tailored suits.
Got no idea what to label these other than weirdo/outsider/flabbergast from The Son of P.M. (Thai/gamelan-esque), Messer Chups (electronica-twang?), The Surf Champlers (surf?ska?Tom Waits?) and a 16 second short one from The Beatles (whomever they are).
And lastly, covering the rest of our bases we have Russ Pay (acoustic guitar), Musikverein Concordia Rhens (marching band) and Swingle Singers (acapella).
Barry Adamson – 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme
The Selecter – James Bond
The Selecter – James Bond (BBC Sessions Live At The Paris Theatre ’79)
Les Ejectés – James Bond Theme
The Skatalites – James Bond
Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Brothers – James Bond
Ray Martin – James Bond Theme
Perez Prado – The James Bond Theme
Tropical Jazz Big Band – James Bond Theme
Al Caiola – James Bond Theme
Ray Barretto – James Bond Theme
Leroy Holmes – The James Bond Theme
Fanfare Ciocarlia – James Bond Theme
Ray Columbus And The Invaders – James Bond Theme
The Playboys – Theme from Dr. No ( aka James Bond Theme)
Voodoo Court – 007/Goldfinger
Ralph Rebel – James Bond
Deadbolt – James Bond Theme/You Only Live Twice
The Surf Coasters – The James Bond Theme
ZZ en de Maskers – Main Theme from James Bond 007
The Bitch Boys – James Bond Theme
Urban Surf Kings – James Bond (Live)
Double Zero – James Bond Theme
Koto – James Bond Theme
Propellerheads – James Bond Theme
LTJ Bukem – The James Bond Theme
Art of Noise – James Bond Theme
Sex Mob – James Bond Theme
Sex Mob – Bond With Bongos
John Zorn – The James Bond Theme
John Zorn & Naked City – James Bond Theme (Holland Festival 2003)
Toy Dolls – James Bond Lives Down Our Street
Gorilla – Parnaoid James Bond
The Son of P.M. – James Bond Theme
Messer Chups – James Bond Rescues the World from Aerowafers
The Surf Champlers – James Bond Theme
The Beatles – James Bond Theme
Russ Pay – The James Bond Theme
Musikverein Concordia Rhens – James Bond 007
Swingle Singers – Theme from James Bond
Enjoy! (and see you tomorrow with the Quantum crop report)
*** Last minute sidenote: Haven’t quite satiated that JB jones? Be sure to check out the utterly excellent Fong Songs, whose having a great little Bond marathon of his own as well.