To go with my Slapp Happy Imaginary Compilation Album now up at The New Vinyl Villain blog, here are (most of) the cover versions I mentioned in that write-up, plus the original version of “War” so you know what The Fall are covering. Sorry I haven’t included the Ruth’s Refrigerator track in this lot; I thought I’d ripped it but I hadn’t… I’ll endeavour to add it later. Knowing me, that’ll probably be in 2023 or so. [EDIT: In fact, I don’t think I have the Ruth’s Refrigerator track to share. I did, once upon a time…]
Link: Slapp Happy / Henry Cow – War
Link: The Fall – War
Link: Mazzy Star – Blue Flower
Link: Pale Saints – Blue Flower
Link: Bongwater – The Drum
Link: The Impossibles – The Drum (7″ Mix)
Link: The Impossibles – The Drum (Andrew Weatherall 12″ Mix)
Links to all my previous contributions to the Imaginary Compilation Albums series can be found on the Elsewhere tab at the top of the page.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, and I will get around to doing a load more posts at some point, probably. But just to assure (or dismay) you that I’m still alive, here’s a single I’ve had in the queue for a while and never got around to sharing.
They’ve got a bit more praise since they’ve split up, but I always thought Gene were one of the more underrated bands associated with the Britpop scene. They always got dismissed as Smiths copyists, which seemed a bit unfair. So sometimes they sounded a bit like The Smiths – is that a bad thing? Anyway, this is the title track from their debut album, but re-recorded for the single release. I think they just about get away with the repetition of the chorus, but even if you find it a bit grating, the B-sides are pretty fabulous too. I had the cassette single at the time and played it way too much, probably – actually, I probably still have it somewhere! “Don’t Let Me Down” is a Beatles cover, and the one song that wasn’t on the cassette. It’s… less essential than the other tracks.
Link: Gene – Olympian (password: salad)
2. I Can’t Decide If She Really Loves Me
3. To See The Lights
4. Don’t Let Me Down