Dear God, when I die please let me come back as this man.
The suits, the hair, the suave, the girls, the blue-blooded luxury; Bryan Ferry is truly the James Bond of UK pop (which I guess would have made Brian Eno “Q” right?). And it’s pretty much the mental image of all that excess dash and dapper that makes it almost impossible not to sing Roxy Music without a Locust Valley Lockjaw. Today’s fuel for that fire; More Than This.
Nothing catalyzes sharp-ness quite like lounge so I’m leading with a cocktail cut by The Charlie Hunter Quartet (with Norah Jones). Next is two from the only decent all-female indie band in the last twenty years; the now sadly defunct Electrelane. Kudos to Dangerbird darlings Division Day who opt to take their More into heavier, more sparse waters. But if dark and weighty ain’t your bag Peanut Pie‘s fun little synthpop version may be for you. I’ll be frank with the next batch (run now, rant ahead!); I think acoustic renditions of anything are the lazy man’s cover version and, ironically, smack of the worst excesses of narcissism. Remember in college, that guy in the dorm hallway with the guitar and the half remembered chords to Redemption Song who whose gaze you’d avoid like a bag of flaming cat shite the entire semester? Exactly. But I think I may be alone in that sentiment. So if I haven’t completely pissed in your punchbowl you enjoy Robyn Hitchcock, Tam Lin, Lucy Kaplansky and Missy Higgins belting it out on all-sixes. Also cruising by as if on autopilot are two standard sounding covers from alt-female legends Blondie and 10,000 Maniacs, both of whome honestly I expected, well, more than that. And lastly, Ladies and Gentleman…..Mr. Bob Harris!
The Charlie Hunter Quartet (with Norah Jones) – More Than This
Electrelane – More Than This (Peel Session)
Electrelane – More Than This (Live)
Division Day – More Than This
Peanut Pie – More Than This