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.
Ena Baga – Do you know the way to San Jose?
Swimmer 1 – Cloudbusting
Sandie Shaw – Hand in glove
Thea Gilmore – I’m not down
Editors – Orange crush
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Dear Prudence
Boy kill boy – it’s different for girls
Killers – Ruby, don’t take your love to town
Oyster band – Love vigilante
Oyster band – I fought the law
Altered Images– Song sung blue
Balanescu Quartet – Autobahn
Schneider TM – The Light 3000
Sugar Billy – Super duper love
Nicolas Cage – Love me
Ramones – I don’t wanna grow up
Half Man Half Biscuit – Song to the siren
Willie Nelson (with Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) – Songbird
Herman’s Hermits – Dandy
Stephen James & Luke Scott – We all make the flowers grow
The Young Knives – Kids in America
Sinergy – Hanging on the telephone
Anthrax – Got the time
The Dickies – Eve of destruction
Graveworm – Losing my religion
Hayseed Dixie – Ace of Spades
Richard Cheese (with Lounge Against the Machine) – Creep
Paul Anka – Smells like teen spirit
Aimee Mann – Nobody does it better
Green Jelly – Anarchy in the uk
Beastie Boys – Start
Wedding Present – Falling
Franz Ferdinand – What u waiting 4?
Richard Hawley – Some candy talking
Sisters of Mercy – Gimme Shelter
REM – There she goes again
Propaganda – Sorry for laughing
Wedding Present – Pleasant valley Sunday
Ian McCulloch – Jealous guy
The Breeders – Happiness is a warm gun
… and a good night was had by all!
Bob the Chiropodist