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Sittin’ Pretty

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Northern Soul and beat junkies, got something for your record box (or is that Ipod now?), today. Peggy Lee in a rather tighten-up mood, covering Otis Redding classic (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay. I’ve included both the original and a recent re-edit which furthers the percussive freakout.

Peggy Lee – (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (1970 original)
Peggy Lee – (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay (re-edit)


House Music All Night Long

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Still a bit of a busy bee this week, but here’s a great little electro-pop cover of Siouxsie & The BansheesHappy House by Gallic duo Ginger Ale (AKA Klima, another little hottie I might add. Jeez, what’s in the water over there???).

Ginger Ale – Happy House



Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Still on a short tether this week cause of work but I promise I won’t leave you, dear Versions readers, hanging. So here’s the most insane cover of The Who‘s My Generation I’ve ever heard, by the hotness that is Piney Gir. Normally armed with an accordion and a bit of Nashville swagger, this go round actually has her dabbling in a special blend of analogue synth garage punk normally reserved for Add N to X. As for the rest of the My Generation covers out there, they can all just f-f-f-fade away.

Piney Gir – My Generation


PS Yes I know. I still owe you my Tricky fisticuffs story. Soon! Soon! I swear.

Church on Sunday

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I was lounging about the other day, watching TV, when I caught Sia‘s cover of Under The Milky Way by The Church and thought ‘I wonder how many other female covers of that there are?’ Well managed to scrape up 8 more for a total of 9 today. My pick out of this small batch of stars is Yaz Baker with her dubby/downtempo rendition. Tearwave seem to have nicked My Bloody Valentine’s feedback pedal. Aventine get symphonic whilst Sean Kelley & Anne McCue (technically a duo) go country-lite. Kudos to the rest, Kill Hannah, Feathermerchants, Nicole Atkins, and Micadelia for following nicely in The Church’s semi-acoustic footsteps.


Slick Trick

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

On a bit of a time crunch today, so remind me later to tell you about how today’s cover star
Tricky (under his Nearly God moniker) and I almost came to blows one time when I interviewed him for a TV show.

Without ado here ‘s the perennially abraded one, with Martina Topley Bird on vocal duties, covering urban cautionary tale Children’s Story by hip hop
legend Slick Rick

Supreme Beings

Monday, February 15th, 2010

I was listening to NPR a while back and they had an interview with Motown songwriters Holland–Dozier–Holland and Terry Gross (I think it was Terry?) asked them where they got their inspiration from and they answered that a lot of the titles and lyrics were things various women had said to them like “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Baby I Need Your Loving” and today’s song “You Keep Me Hanging On” by The Supremes (To which one girl, during an arguement had literally said to them ‘Why don’t you be a man about it And set me free!’ as well the rest of the lyrics to that song).
Motown always sounds better in reggae and today’s Jamaicans inna Motor City stylee include Ken Boothe, Mike Dorane, Diana & King Storm and Winston Groovy.

PS Bonus non-reggae track comes, ironically enough, from electronic dub pioneers Colourbox.
No reason, just a big Colourbox fan 🙂

Ken Boothe – You Keep Me Hanging On
Mike Dorane – You Keep Me Hanging On
Diana & King Storm – You Keep Me Hanging On
Winston Groovy – You Keep Me Hanging On

Colourbox – You Keep Me Hanging On


Acing It.

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Y’know, I walked into today’s post thinking it was going to be a cakewalk; a two cover, no brainer of Ace of Spades by Motorhead.
Boy was I wrong. After a little more digging, I vetted another 13 more Versions Galore worthy candidates .
Here’s ever hilarious Lemmy on their signature tune:
For the lyrics, Lemmy said he “used gambling metaphors, mostly cards and dice – when it comes to that sort of thing, I’m more into the one-arm bandits actually, but you can’t really sing about spinning fruit, and the wheels coming down”
So tiptoeing past the obvious metal and punk covers, we lead today with a great Stax-sounding funk version from Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The True Loves. Ace apparently has it’s share of pickin’ & pluckin’ country and bluegrass fans, and from that stable we got Coal, Union Avenue, Hetten Des, Jug Head and Hayseed Dixie. For those whose idea of a lead axe is a TR-101 we have the disco stylings of Sump and breakcore poster boy Datach’i. The Slapping Suspenders and The Twistin’ Tarantulas make some mean Pyschobilly and filling in the rest of the genre blanks we got; surf (Surf Report), lounge (Dino Martinis), polka (Elakelaiset), ska (Skarface) and lastly Paska, whome I wouldnt go so far as to say acapella so much as crazy homeless person standing in the median screaming at an overturned shoebox.

Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The True Loves – Ace Of Spades

Coal – Ace Of Spades
Union Avenue – Ace Of Spades
Hetten Des – Ace Of Spades
Jug Head – Ace Of Spades
Hayseed Dixie – Ace Of Spades

Sump – Ace Of Spades
Datach’i – Ace Of Spades

Slapping Suspenders – Ace Of Spades
The Twistin’ Tarantulas – Ace Of Spades

Surf Report – Ace Of Spades
Dino Martinis – Ace Of Spades
Elakelaiset – Sorvarin Humppa (Ace Of Spades)
Skarface – Ace Of Spades
Paska – Ace Of Spades (Peel Session)

Enjoy (And don’t forget the joker!)

(PS Big shout out to DJ Empirical for helping me fill in some of the blanks)

Oh My, Darling…

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Here’s the song that caused Tipper Gore to have a Victorian-era style hemorrhage and start slapping Parental Advisory stickers on anything resembling a four letter word, Darling Nikki by Prince. Fun part was that no marketing team in the world could have dreamt up better publicity than those little stickers did. BTW Is the PMRC still around?
Leading the purple proselytizers today is my pick, Love Is All, with their Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Cristina influenced screecher. Kudos to Xlover for ar rather wobbly Dubstep version. Steven Bernstein, his side project Sex Mob, the Asylum St. Spankers and The Eaton Canyon Royal Ensemble get jazzy. Whale gets a medal for trying to elope Portishead-era trip hop to plodding stoner rock. Electronicos Name and Chairlift twiddle their knobs while the sweet White Lord Jesus goes to 11.

Love Is All – Darling Nikki
Xlover – Darling Nikki
Steven Bernstein – Darling Nikki
Sex Mob – Darling Nikki
Asylum Street Spankers – Darling Nikki
The Eaton Canyon Royal Ensemble – Darling Nikki
Whale – Darling Nikki
Name – Darling Nikki
Chairlift – Darling Nikki
White Lord Jesus – Darling Nikki


Instrumental Version

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Did it strike anyone else as funny that at one point there was William Orbit, The Orb and Orbital, all going around at the same time forming an unholy trinity of top-notch 90s electronic acts. Love ’em all, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Orbital, whome I met one time in the audience of an Underworld gig. To get even more trainspotty here, we chatted for an hour about the genius of Mike Leigh (one of my fave directors). At least 15 minutes of that was just spent nerding out on just the laughter portions of his films, to which I got them to break down and admit they sampled quite often for their songs.
Anyway got a great symphonic version of Orbital’s Forever today by the sextet simply known as Instrumental.

Instrumental – Forever


Drama Queen

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

I’m not sure if the above Pin-The-Stache-On-The-Trent is hint enough at what today’s post is, so here goes…
Despite being into industrial music as a teen I wasn’t much of a fan of
Nine Inch Nails. I think it had something, nay, everything, to do with the girlfriend at the time. With her purple tinted hair and 523-something hole Doc Martens, she would drive around in her brand new Acura, windows rolled, caterwauling loudly at the unwitting elderly population of San Carlos ‘HEAD LIKE A HOOOOOLE!!! BLACK AS YOUR SOOOOOUL!!!!’ ‘, with me as the begrudging, mortified co-pilot.
However I wound up caving around the time I saw the cover for SIN, which was an early and slightly off the beaten path Designer’s Republic sleeve. I figured ‘Hey if I don’t like it at least I can ditch the record and keep the cover for my (then burgeoning) design scrapbook’. After giving the A-side a whirl, it was pretty much one foot in the scrapbook for angry old Trent until the B-Side caught my ear; a slow, somewhat bouncy Ministry produced piece of awesomeness that was Get Down Make Love. What blew me away even more was that it was a Queen song, a band I’d not heard since Flash Gordon or Revenge of The Nerds. Since then I’ve always had a hard time cleaving the image of Freddie Mercury as the new lead singer of NIN, hence today’s art which I’m titling ‘Freddie Reznor’. Bids anyone?!?! LOL.

Nine Inch Nails – Get Down Make Love


De Nada

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Mas Que Nada. Jorge Ben created it and Sergio Mendes delivered. Another one of those mind blowing thrift store finds from my post-post-punk days in high school.
Here’s Wikipedia on it’s meaning:

In Brazilian Portuguese slang, mas que nada (literally, “but, that [is] nothing”) means “come on” or “no way”. This is sometimes confused with the Latin-American Spanish más que nada (literally “more than nothing”), meaning “mainly” or “principally”; though in more literary Spanish, “mas que nada” (note the omission of the accent, which changes “más” (more) to “mas” (but)) would have the same literal meaning as the Portuguese.

Huh? Wha? I know, me too.
Anyway I’m gonna press on, as I’ve got a whopping 89 versions today. My largest post yet!

Note: FYI this isn’t all of them. There was probably a good dozen or so out-of-prints I couldn’t get my hands on.
On the VG cutting room floor, as usual, is all the Trance/Bad House versions. Also laying there is the antichrists of music, and the ruiners of all things good in general, the fucking Black Eyed Peas, who should be dragged into a public square then drawn and quartered for what they do. I also left out a myriad of bad smooth jazz cuts (y’know the kind cabbies like). Oh and Surprise! There were no crappy goth versions this time round. That said maybe they should make one.


Ones that actually sound somewhat Brazillian.

Patato y Totico – Mas Que Nada

Menina Sarar – Mas Que Nada

Luiz Enrique – Mas Que Nada

Sunshine State – Mas Que Nada

Carlos Valdez y Eugene Arango – Mas Que Nada

Los Papines – Mas Que Nada

Lounge? Jazz? Elevator? You be the judge.

Arthur LymanMas Que Nada

Al Hirt – Mas Que Nada

Zimbo Trio – Mas Que Nada

Astrud Gilberto – Mas Que Nada

Bebel Gilberto – Mas Que Nada

Carla Thomas – Mas Que Nada

Dick Hyman – Mas Que Nada

Warren Kime – Mas Que Nada (Pow, Pow, Pow)

Dizzy Gillespie – Mas Que Nada

Doc Severinsen and Friends – Mas Que Nada

Edmundo Ross & His Orchestra –Mas Que Nada

Elis Regina – Mas Que Nada

Elza Soares – Mas Que Nada

Enoch Light – Mas Que Nada

European Jazz Trio – Mas Que Nada

Hank Jones With Oliver Nelson – Mas Que Nada

Jeremy Monteiro (feat Eden Atwood) – Mas Que Nada

Joao Fernandes – Mas Que Nada

John Scott – Mas Que Nada

Living Guitars – Mas Que Nada

Living Jazz – The Soul of Brazil – Mas Que Nada

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – Mas Que Nada

Claus Ogerman & His Orchestra – Mas Que Nada

Lucrecia – Mas Que Nada (Mais Que Nada)

Luiz Carlos Vinhas – Mas Que Nada

Maria Creuza – Mas Que Nada

Milton Nascimento – Mas Que Nada

Miriam Makeba – Mas Que Nada (Live)

Miriam Makeba – Mas Que Nada

Odell Brown & The Organizers – Mas Que Nada

Oscar Peterson – Mas Que Nada

P & V Guitarra – Mas Que Nada

Perpetuum Jazzile – Mas Que Nada

Roberto Delgado – Mas Que Nada

Rubin Mitchell – Mas Que Nada

Salome de Bahia – Mas Que Nada

Sitti Navarro – Mas Que Nada

Sounds Orchestral – Mas Que Nada

Tamba Trio – Mas Que Nada

The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garret – Mas Que Nada

The Gimmicks – Mas Que Nada

Tony Hatch Orchestra – Mas Que Nada

Vikki Carr – Mas Que Nada

Walter Wanderley – Mas Que Nada

Werner Muller – Mas Que Nada

Ze Maria ft. Jorge Ben – Mas Que Nada

In American please…

Nancy Ames – Mas Que Nada

The Arbors – Mas Que Nada (Pow Pow Pow)

Ella Fitzgerald – Mas Que Nada

Or Français if you prefer.

Michelle Richard – Mas Que Nada

Isabelle Aubret – La Ville Est La

Fellini would be happy

Montefiori Cocktail – Non Ti Credo (Mas Que Nada)

Marita – Non Ti Credo (Mas Que Nada)

Yåh Ve Håv Swedish Mås Que Nådå tøø.

Lill Lindfors – Hor Min Samba (Mas Que Nada)

Humlor Och Bin – Mas Que Nada

Ünd don’t forger zee German Mas Qüe Nada

Mary Roos – Blauer Montag

Never mind the United Future Organization, here’s the Japan-Brazilian connection.

Yoshiko Kishino – Mas Que Nada

Kyoto Jazz Massive – Mas Que Nada

Terumasa Hino – Mas Que Nada

Sadao Watanabe Sextet – Mas Que Nada

Sadao Watanabe – Mas Que Nada (Live)

Masami Kawahara – Mas Que Nada

How bout a little curry in your Caipirinha.

Alan Lorber – Mas Que Nada

To paraphrase Sinatra, They’ve Got An Awful Lot Of Hip-Hop In Brazil.

Nuno Mindelis – Mas Que Nada

The Moog and other electronic oddesseys.

Perrey & Kingsley – Mas Que Nada

Klaus Wunderlich – Mas Que Nada

Klaus Wunderlich – Mas Que Nada (Hammond version)

Gotta have House music all night long.

Echobeatz – Mas Que Nada

Alegria – Mas Que Nada

Colour Girl – Mas Que Nada

Alma Latina Feat. Romina Johns – Mas Que Nada

Broken Beat/Phuture Jazz/Downtempo or whatever they’re calling it this month.

Worldwide Groove Corporation – Mas Que Nada

Bossa Free – Mas Que Nada

Scent – Mas Que Nada

Dom um Romao – Mas Que Nada

Take your Minimal Techno and fuck right off back to Sonar.

Hallucinator – Mas Que Nada

Drum & Bass & whatnot.

Milky Lasers – Mas Que Nada

Bab & Rolando 808 – Mas Que Nada (Melodic Side)

Karla Sabah – Mas Que Nada

Eletro Samba – Mas Que Nada

Disco (or ‘Rare Groove’ if you’re a snobby UK record store clerk).

Samba Soul – Mas Que Nada

‘Acapella’ sounds like a Brazilian getaway destination.

The Idea Of North – Mas Que Nada

Carnaval, Nintendo-style.

Chip Shop Boyz – Mas Que Nada