Covered In Glory Day 2: Devo, The Fall, Joe Cocker & Saint Etienne

Covered in Glory LogoRichard:

Arguably Satisfaction by the Stones is the Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David of rock music. Thing is, I don’t actually like it.

I’ve heard it so so many times that it just washes over me and I much prefer mid period Stones (Sympathy For The Devil, You Can’t Always Get What You Want etc). So I can hand on heart say that I really do prefer this spikier, more awkward version by Devo, but am willing to acknowledge I may be in a minority.

I first heard it when my school friend Graham proudly played his new 7″ single whilst we were playing a game of Mattel’s ‘Sock ‘Em Robots’ at his house in the summer of 78. Arguably attempting to decapitate toy robots is the perfect accompaniment to this track.

Roy:

I’m not an afficiando of disco; The Bee Gees (those teeth – frightening) and John Travolta (that suit – dear god) scarred my youth. However I have grown to love pretty much all things Chic and ‘Lost In Music’ (written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards) is an absolute dance floor classic – probably the last track you would expect Mark E. Smith (who liked a cover version) would adapt for his dulcet tones; but he did and it works magnificently, adding menace and bitter rancour where previously there was none.

Ian:

There will undoubtedly be a number of songs in this year’s theme that are widely recognised as being among the top 10 all time covers (no names, but I have a list I think others will also draw from over the next two weeks – we’ll see how many make it). At the risk of using a trump card that someone else had planned to play, my number two is the inimitable Joe Cocker’s version of Lennon/McCartney’s “With a Little Help From My Friends”. While the Woodstock version is the one most frequently cited, I think this performance (from Berlin 1970) is superior with Rita Coolidge on backing vocals and Joe’s good mate Leon Russell on guitar.

 

Andy:

 

Damn! Inevitable perhaps, but that’s one of my choices that I will have to replace! With that in mind, I wonder if possibly Richard had my choice for today on his list? Originally written by the last one (Young) of the initialled supergroup, C.S.N. & Y, and allegedly, about the third one’s (Nash’s) break-up from Joni Mitchell, although there appears to be some dispute about that! Anyway, the cover version appeared about 20 years later on the debut album, “Foxbase Alpha”, and was one of the highlights of the Royal Festival Hall set, when myself and Richard saw them almost exactly a year ago!

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9 thoughts on “Covered In Glory Day 2: Devo, The Fall, Joe Cocker & Saint Etienne

  1. I’m not an afficiando of disco; The Bee Gees (those teeth – frightening) and John Travolta (that suit – dear god) scarred my youth. However I have grown to love pretty much all things Chic and ‘Lost In Music’ (written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards) is an absolute dance floor classic – probably the last track you would expect Mark E. Smith (who liked a cover version) would adapt for his dulcet tones; but he did and it works magnificently, adding menace and bitter rancour where previously there was none.

    1. This is great and I have never heard it. Who knew Mark E. had this in him? The production reminds of of Trevor Horn’s influence on Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

      1. Even more bizarre it comes come The Fall’s only bona fide ‘hit’ record – ‘The Infotainment Scan’ – which at the height of Britpop whent top 10 in the UK.

      2. That makes sense as it explains in retrospect why it is the only Fall album I own! This and Ghost in My House are my two favourite Fall songs – both covers.

      3. UPDATE – this was played on the BBC6 breakfast show the following morning. Coincidence or do we have readers in high places? Will listen out for Devo and Joe Cocker through the day!

    2. Damn! Inevitable perhaps, but that’s one of my choices that I will have to replace! With that in mind, I wonder if possibly Richard had my choice for today on his list? Originally written by the last one (Young) of the initialled supergroup, C.S.N. & Y, and allegedly, about the third one’s (Nash’s) break-up from Joni Mitchell, although there appears to be some dispute about that! Anyway, the cover version appeared about 20 years later on the debut album, “Foxbase Alpha”, and was one of the highlights of the Royal Festival Hall set, when myself and Richard saw them almost exactly a year ago!

      1. Fine choice. No I didn’t have this on my roster, for the simple reason that (like Roy with ‘Rosalie’) I had forgotten that it was a cover in the first place. I had anticipated a fair degree of overlap, so have 24 tracks in my first team squad. St Etienne was indeed one of those, but actually not that one. As you have played the St Etienne card ( to mix metaphors), I may as well add my one as a bonus track. This is their cover of ‘Stormtrooper In Drag’ by Paul Gardiner, the bass player in Gary Numan’s backing band. Obscure, but mighty fine.

  2. There will undoubtedly be a number of songs in this year’s theme that are widely recognised as being among the top 10 all time covers (no names, but I have a list I think others will also draw from over the next two weeks – we’ll see how many make it). At the risk of using a trump card that someone else had planned to play, my number two is the inimitable Joe Cocker’s version of Lennon/McCartney’s “With a Little Help From My Friends”. While the Woodstock version is the one most frequently cited, I think this performance (from Berlin 1970) is superior with Rita Coolidge on backing vocals and Joe’s good mate Leon Russell on guitar.

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