“Hello, I am the ghost of Troubled Joe, hung by his pretty white neck, some eighteen months ago, I travelled to a mystical time zone and I missed my bed and I soon came home”
Covering The Smiths is never an easy task, many have tried, many have failed. t.A.T.u did a fun cover of ‘How Soon Is Now’, Billy Bragg recorded an essential version of ‘Jeane’ and Mark Ronson recently scored a hit with an excellent, if slightly misguided, cover of ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’. However, Wojtek Godzisz’s cover of ‘A Rush & A Push & The Land Is Ours’ is an unqualified success, retaining and enhancing the odd Reggae/Gypsy rhythm of the original while his vocals even rival Morrissey’s (No mean feat). The fact that ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ has tragically never been properly remastered (Along with the rest of The Smiths’ catalogue), also gives Godzisz’s version a sonic advantage.
The track is taken from Filthy Little Angels’ latest covers album ‘Nineteen Eighty Seven’. It’s a compilation of covers of songs from, yep you’ve guessed it… 1987. It is totally free and features other superb recreations of classics like ‘Got My Mind Set On You’, ‘Sally Cinnamon’ and ‘Hip To Be Square’.