Covered In Glory Day 8: The The, Maria McKee, Manic Street Preachers, 801 & Cat Power

Covered in Glory LogoSo, only three choices left. I’ve still quite a few to choose from on my long list, even allowing for pre-emptions from others. There is one left that I am convinced Andy will choose, so am holding that back. Today I am going to be utterly predictable – given the name of the website – and go for the lead single from The The’s ‘Hanky Panky’ album of Hank Williams covers.

Having enjoyed their triumphant comeback at both the Brixton and Royal Albert Hall gigs it seems appropriate to go for ‘I Saw The Light’. With so much back catalogue of his own songs to choose from this did not make the final set list, but the imagery of Matt atop the Chrysler Building in NYC was used in the video wall behind the band. He certainly does not suffer from vertigo.

So only two choices left. I scare myself thinking about it.

You can catch up with our choices on previous days here.

Roy:

I’m going to attempt my next entry on a mobile and an airport wi-Fi connection . After seeing the Manics at Meltdown last night perform a great cover of ‘in between days’ it reminded me that they too are fond of a cover version. This track is from the box labelled ‘songs you wouldn’t expect artists to cover’

 

Andy:

I wouldn’t necessarily agree that my selection today is better than the original – it’s just different, and as you all know the original but possibly don’t know this, I thought I’d introduce you to Cat Power. This Oasis cover benefits considerably from her strange, coy delivery and the whole song becomes more emotional and less of a football chant.

 

Gerard:

Here’s the delightful Maria McKee – who has so many cover versions in her back catalogue, I struggled to pick one.
From her debut solo album, here’s her take of Richard Thompson’s ‘Has He Got A Friend For Me’
This clip is thanks to a Dutch television special on Maria called “Maria McKee:Life Is BitterSweet”
I wonder whether the two males we see at the beginning in the background fully appreciated the musical genius performing in their midst.

 

Ian:

 

My 8th choice is my second favourite Beatles cover ever. I first found out about the band 801 courtesy of a C90 cassette tape I borrowed from a mate at university. While originally interested in his copy of the soundtrack to the Australian bikie movie “Stone”, the cassette also included on the flip side an album he had recorded from his sister’s collection called “801 Live.” It was a revelation, and the bikie movie soundtrack was quickly forsaken for regular and repeated listening to the live album, in my college dorm, at great volume. In those pre-internet years, it took me a couple of months to find the details of the band and I could only marvel at the collective talent. One of the original super-groups, it included Eno and Manzanera (both Roxy Music ), Francis Monkman (who I knew from Sky, and then learned of his Curved Air history) and Simon Philips, who went on to play extensively with Toto, following years of working with greats like Jeff Beck, Mike Oldfield and Gary Moore. I remember the joy of obtaining my own copy of this LP and its companion studio album “Listen Now” (featuring Tim Finn of Split Enz) when I found them in the jumble bins of Zounds Records in Pitt Street, Sydney. Marvel at this terrific rendition of Lennon-McCartney’s “Tomorrow Never Knows”.

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12 thoughts on “Covered In Glory Day 8: The The, Maria McKee, Manic Street Preachers, 801 & Cat Power

  1. I’m going to attempt my next entry on a mobile and an airport wi-Fi connection . After seeing the Manics at Meltdown last night perform a great cover of ‘in between days’ it reminded me that they too are fond of a cover version. This track is from the box labelled ‘songs you wouldn’t expect artists to cover’

    1. This is a cracking version!
      I did have a member of Manics’ cover squad on hand too ..after the Andy Williams’ cover version was once played pre-match, it’s been sung for a number of years now at a certain football ground 😉

      1. For many years this has been a staple at Wales internationals – particularly sung with gusto in rememberance if Gary Speed whose favourite song it was. I also saw the Manics perform this on the pitch at the Millenium before a World Cup qualifier with Italy in 1992.

  2. I wouldn’t necessarily agree that my selection today is better than the original – it’s just different, and as you all know the original but possibly don’t know this, I thought I’d introduce you to Cat Power. This Oasis cover benefits considerably from her strange, coy delivery and the whole song becomes more emotional and less of a football chant.

  3. I love this slower version and at the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, I think the fact it’s a female singing it, helps give it a further intriguing twist

  4. Here’s the delightful Maria McKee – who has so many cover versions in her back catalogue, I struggled to pick one.
    From her debut solo album, here’s her take of Richard Thompson’s ‘Has He Got A Friend For Me’
    This clip is thanks to a Dutch television special on Maria called “Maria McKee:Life Is BitterSweet”
    I wonder whether the two males we see at the beginning in the background fully appreciated the musical genius performing in their midst

      1. Yes, that would be great. Is that the one of her singing Mercedes Benz along with Ms Lauper & Hank Wangford at the old Marquee? If so, I’ve got a copy of that bootleg cassette somewhere too.
        Well, in case you’re unsuccessful, here’s Maria with another Janis Joplin cover she’s done:
        “Cry Baby”. Recorded live at The Ritz in 1985 with Lone Justice.

  5. My 8th choice is my second favourite Beatles cover ever. I first found out about the band 801 courtesy of a C90 cassette tape I borrowed from a mate at university. While originally interested in his copy of the soundtrack to the Australian bikie movie “Stone”, the cassette also included on the flip side an album he had recorded from his sister’s collection called “801 Live.” It was a revelation, and the bikie movie soundtrack was quickly forsaken for regular and repeated listening to the live album, in my college dorm, at great volume. In those pre-internet years, it took me a couple of months to find the details of the band and I could only marvel at the collective talent. One of the original super-groups, it included Eno and Manzanera (both Roxy Music ), Francis Monkman (who I knew from Sky, and then learned of his Curved Air history) and Simon Philips, who went on to play extensively with Toto, following years of working with greats like Jeff Beck, Mike Oldfield and Gary Moore. I remember the joy of obtaining my own copy of this LP and its companion studio album “Listen Now” (featuring Tim Finn of Split Enz) when I found them in the jumble bins of Zounds Records in Pitt Street, Sydney. Marvel at this terrific rendition of Lennon-McCartney’s “Tomorrow Never Knows”.

    1. This is great! How have I never heard of this band/project before? Will definitely track down more. This particular track has echoes of Ozric Tentacles, which is no bad thing.

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