Archive for May 30th, 2006

May 30, 2006


Matthew Image1. Prince Sings 'Hey'
"Must be a devil between us, or whores in my head"
2. The Beach Boys Sing 'Levitate Me'
"Give me help, give me help, you can… levitate me"
3. Frank Sinatra Sings 'Monkey Gone To Heaven'
"From New York and New Jersey, this Monkey's gone to heaven"
4. Bob Marley Sings 'Mr. Grieves'
"I 'ope everyting is alright, 'ope everyting is alright"
5. Elvis Sings 'No. 13 Baby'
"Stripes in her eyes, when she walks slow, but her face falls down, when she go, go, go"
6. Tina Turner Sings 'River Euphrates'
"Ride the tiger down the River Euphrates, ride the tiger down"
7. Jimi Hendrix Sings 'Vamos'
"They'll come and play, their friends will say, your daddy's rich, your mamma's a pretty thing"
8. The Beegees Sing 'Wave Of Mutilation'
"I've kissed mermaids, rode the El Nino, walked the sand with the crustaceans"

My brother (MusicLikeDirt) sent me an E-mail with links to a crazy guy called Matthew, who's done covers of the Pixies in the style of some of the worlds greatest artists. They are fantastic!

Some work very well, but some are indistinguishable from the real thing. On 'Vamos' it's like he went back in time and handed Hendrix a copy of 'Surfer Rosa' and a couple of sick bags. When he's doing the Joey Santiago freak out in the middle he plays The Simpson’s theme! They work so well because he's obviously matched the artists to the songs that would suit them, with great care. Like spotting that 'No. 13 Baby' has a "Go, go, go" bit, or that 'Levitate Me' has a heavenly "Higher Plain" line.

The attention to detail is amazing, Frank Sinatra talks to the audience, Brian Wilson preps his band and Hendrix does the famous "Fuckin' die" speech. It's these moments that make you feel like you're not just listening to joke covers, but long lost recordings by musical legends. At their best they make you ask why you didn't spot the Reggae influences of 'Mr. Grieves' or The Beach Boys sound of 'Levitate Me' before. Also it's just great to here Elvis singing "Tattooed tit".

Here is a quote from his MySpace Page "New celebrity Pixies covers in the pipeline: Where is my mind by Queen, Debaser by The Beastie Boys and a James Brown special surprise!"

Click on the links above to download these eight covers. Unfortunately the Bit-Rates vary a lot.

Matthew's MySpace page

May 30, 2006

THE HIT PARADE – My Stupid Band (7″ Single)

My Stupid Band CoverJSH Records JSH9: 22nd May 2006
1. My Stupid Band
"If Mattster played his drums then we'd rock tonight, but he lost the urge since he became a Lighting Engineer"
2. Twenty Per Cent
"I'd like to say it's unexpected, and how the gesture surprised me"

'My Stupid Band' is the best song about being in a band since 'Heard About Your Band' or even 'Formed A Band'.  Apparently they've been around for years, and the song sums up all the frustrations, the disappointments and above all the helpless love for performing music.  It's a thrilling mix of Guitars and Ennio Morricone Harmonicas.  Julian Henry sings in a similar way to Bobby Conn.  Pete Doherty would probably benefit from hearing the lyrics "He's playing just to keep himself in gear".  'Twenty Per Cent' sounds like a it's a lost song by 90's Pop band, Space.  It's pretty good, but it's overshadowed by the killer A-side.

My Stupid Band (Demo) mp3
Queen Of Mousehole mp3

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