Covered In Glory Day 6: The Redskins, The Clash, The Wedding Present & Nirvana

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There are many fine versions of Billy Bragg songs around, Kirsty MacColl’s ‘New England’ and Dubstar’s ‘St Swithin’s Day’ to name but two. However I am going to go for The Redskins with their version of ‘Levi Stubb’s Tears’. This version is from an East German TV show (before the wall came down) and features on a rare EP I have somewhere in storage. The Redskins always had a love/hate relationship with Billy, their SWP allegiance clashing with Bragg’s role as (their words) Neil Kinnock’s publicity officer. Despite being a huge Bragg fan, I do think this version is better, the percussion and trumpet solo take it to a different level.

 

Roy

My next choice is by a band who were one of the main influences on The Redskins and for many were ‘the only band that mattered’. To say The Clash liked a cover is like saying Trump likes a photo op. ‘I Fought The Law’, ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘Armageddon Time, ‘Brand New Cadillac’ and others, all made it on to vinyl. However I’ve chosen a track from their incendiary debut album, bringing their love of reggae to a new generation of white youth; with lyrics of alienation and oppression more Strummer than Strummer. I expect this will be unique amongst all our choices as being released in the same year as the original was a hit ,1977.

Andy

My next choice is a dedication. I don’t want to turn this into a maudlin-fest, but a friend of mine passed away 2 days ago after battling bowel cancer for the last three years. He loved his music and we went to many concerts together over the last 25 years (Pulp, Blur, Saint Etienne to name but a few) and I would like to dedicate today’s choice to his memory. This group released one single per month in 1992, and the b-sides were all cover versions, so there were plenty of choices there. But I’ve gone for their version of Cockney Rebel’s number 1 because the title just seemed so appropriate. Through sickness and in health he always had a smile on his face.

Richard Eldershaw, born 23/12/69, died 16/6/18 R.I.P.

 

Ian

Vale Richard.

My selection for day 6 is a traditional American folk tune tune, with claims in various sources to defining versions by both bluegrass artist Bill Monroe and foundation bluesman Lead Belly. I was reminded of the tune in recent years through the Billy Bragg/Joe Henry compilation “Shine A Light”. Their version of “In The Pines”, along with other standards such as “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Any More” & “Midnight Special”, would all be worthy entrants to this summer’s collection . But for me the defining version of this song is Nirvana’s, released posthumously after Cobain’s passing with the 1993 album “MTV Unplugged”.

 

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4 thoughts on “Covered In Glory Day 6: The Redskins, The Clash, The Wedding Present & Nirvana

  1. Difficult to choose between this and Billy’s original; both wonderful 80’s agit-prop but Chris’ vocals just edge it for me. The Redskins’ cover of Tennessee Ford’s ‘Sixteen Tons’ is one of the great cover versions – which for variety I won’t add as one of my choices – but for anybody who hasn’t heard it….

  2. My next choice is by a band who were one of the main influences on The Redskins and for many were ‘the only band that mattered’. To say The Clash liked a cover is like saying Trump likes a photo op. ‘I Fought The Law’, ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘Armageddon Time, ‘Brand New Cadillac’ and others, all made it on to vinyl. However I’ve chosen a track from their incendiary debut album, bringing their love of reggae to a new generation of white youth; with lyrics of alienation and oppression more Strummer than Strummer. I expect this will be unique amongst all our choices as being released in the same year as the original was a hit ,1977.

  3. My next choice is a dedication. I don’t want to turn this into a maudlin-fest, but a friend of mine passed away 2 days ago after battling bowel cancer for the last three years. He loved his music and we went to many concerts together over the last 25 years (Pulp, Blur, Saint Etienne to name but a few) and I would like to dedicate today’s choice to his memory. This group released one single per month in 1992, and the b-sides were all cover versions, so there were plenty of choices there. But I’ve gone for their version of Cockney Rebel’s number 1 because the title just seemed so appropriate. Through sickness and in health he always had a smile on his face.

    Richard Eldershaw, born 23/12/69, died 16/6/18 R.I.P.

  4. Vale Richard.

    My selection for day 6 is a traditional American folk tune tune, with claims in various sources to defining versions by both bluegrass artist Bill Monroe and foundation bluesman Lead Belly. I was reminded of the tune in recent years through the Billy Bragg/Joe Henry compilation “Shine A Light”. Their version of “In The Pines”, along with other standards such as “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Any More” & “Midnight Special”, would all be worthy entrants to this summer’s collection . But for me the defining version of this song is Nirvana’s, released posthumously after Cobain’s passing with the 1993 album “MTV Unplugged”.

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