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Archive for November, 2011

Dammit Janet

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

You know what is serious blackmail material? Having a friend who is now a minor league MMA/Ultimate fighter, but in his past life was one of the ‘Nasty Boy’ dancers in Janet Jackson‘s Nasty video. That said I’d probably get a serious roundhouse to the chops if I squealed. So until I get a better dental plan, I’m keeping mum (and well away from the fucking Octagon). But speaking of Janet, got two covers of Ms. Jackson’s Nasty for you today; a homegrown funk version by Philly’s Big Pimp Jones (from the always groove-tastic Freestyle label.) and a good-for-laugh campy bad 80s r&b cut from the normally shrill-rocking Killdozer.

Big Pimp Jones – Nasty
Killdozer – Nasty


Yes We Can

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Krautrock legends (and Germany’s biggest music cred namedrop for lazy journalists) Can get an electronic homage today. 1/2 of Cabaret Voltaire, Richard H Kirk turns out a wicked late 80s techno version of I Want More. For posterity I’m also throwing in a version from a Wax Trax!-era Fini Tribe as well as a 90s techno acid cut from Scotland’s infamous Ege Bam Yasi.

Richard H. Kirk – I Want More
Ege Bam Yasi – I Want More
Fini Tribe – I Want More


PS Those in Thee Versions Galore Facebook Fanclub wanting more (doh!) got the original on the wall for you…

Riot On The Radio

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Randomly stumbled across today’s cover when doing a google search to replace a broken TV remote (don’t ask); a cover of TV On The Radio‘s DLZ by the somewhat mysterious Silent Rider. So true rings that maxim of ‘happy accident’ as this NYC duo’s dubstep-influenced rendition manages to really hit that sweet spot of what a good cover should be; rising above the standard note-for-note with just enough personal flair to call it their own. Also in fine fettle is a bluegrass-influenced cover by Vancouver’s Matthew Gruman which has all the charm and warmth of sounding like it was produced in a living room with a few good friends and a bottle of 2 Buck Chuck.

Silent Rider – DLZ
Matthew Gruman – DLZ


PS Original version for those Thee Versions Galore Facebook Fanclub who don’t read Pitchfork enough to know what kind of device a TV On The Radio might be…

Surfin’ Safari

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Day job has been calling a lot recently, so barely any time for r&r, friends (real or internet versions) or even minding the store here at Versions Galore on any kind of a regular basis. However I did find half a minute today to pull one out by The Clash from their infamous and vastly under appreciated Sandinista! album; the apocalyptic Charlie Don’t Surf.
Barrelling right through, here are the only two versions that Versions could stomach; a dubby downtempo version from Cool Breeze (from the sadly quiet these days Dorado/Filter label) and out to prove that Charlie can indeed hang ten are Pollo Del Mar with a sublime instrumental surf cut.

Cool Breeze – Charlie Don’t Surf
Pollo Del Mar – Charlie Don’t Surf


PS Those in Thee Versions Galore Facebook Fanclub sadly owning only a copy of Combat Rock or London Calling (or, shudders, Cut The Crap), got original Charlie on the wall for you…