Meeting No.5 – Cover Versions

We convened at Jez’s place as Mrs Jez was away with the twins. Jez chose the topic and opened it up by allowing the originals of well-known covers to be played as well. Roger was unable to attend hed just got a new job, re-organising the work force of a major insurance company (“Everyone scowls at him as he enters the office”). A week later, floods hit Britain and an estimated 2.5 Billion pounds of insurance claims come in……he’s been a bit busy..

Breaking with the convention of a track each in turn, we were invited to play a half hour set. This allowed for the quick ditching of tracks that werent going down too well (“Song sung blue” in my case) and the ability to slip in ones you’d forgotten about that came up in the course of the conversation (Half man half biscuits ‘Song to the siren’ for example…”The singer out of Slipknot went to Rome to see the Pope…”).

I was really chuft that Simon brought along The Killers version of ‘Ruby dont take your love to town’ that I’d spotted it at his place during our 1st ever meeting and had been wanting to hear it since. My own personnel favourite however was a version of ‘Some candy talking’ by Richard Hawley. I’d never realised how good the lyrics were before and those lush strings – just wonderful!

We all had enough in reserve for at least another meeting on this topic, probably two or three.

Simon
Ena BagaDo you know the way to San Jose?
Swimmer 1Cloudbusting
Sandie ShawHand in glove
Thea GilmoreI’m not down
EditorsOrange crush
Siouxsie & the BansheesDear Prudence
Boy kill boyit’s different for girls
KillersRuby, don’t take your love to town
Oyster bandLove vigilante
Oyster band – I fought the law

Bob

Altered Images– Song sung blue
Balanescu Quartet Autobahn
Schneider TMThe Light 3000
Sugar BillySuper duper love
Nicolas Cage Love me
RamonesI don’t wanna grow up
Half Man Half BiscuitSong to the siren
Willie Nelson (with Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) – Songbird
Herman’s HermitsDandy
Stephen James & Luke ScottWe all make the flowers grow

Jez
The Young KnivesKids in America
SinergyHanging on the telephone
AnthraxGot the time
The DickiesEve of destruction
GravewormLosing my religion
Hayseed Dixie Ace of Spades
Richard Cheese (with Lounge Against the Machine) – Creep
Paul AnkaSmells like teen spirit
Aimee MannNobody does it better
Green JellyAnarchy in the uk

John
Beastie BoysStart
Wedding PresentFalling
Franz FerdinandWhat u waiting 4?
Richard HawleySome candy talking
Sisters of MercyGimme Shelter
REMThere she goes again
PropagandaSorry for laughing
Wedding Present – Pleasant valley Sunday
Ian McCulloch – Jealous guy
The Breeders – Happiness is a warm gun

Reprise
Ted ChippingtonThe Wanderer (Bob)
Leonard TealeStairway to heaven (Simon)
Blur – Maggie May (Jez)
Garbage – The butterfly collector (John)

… and a good night was had by all!

Bob the Chiropodist

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