I am going to embarrass the f*** out of myself! I will absolutely CRINGE at the thought of anyone listening to this (Scott – don’t you DARE get any ideas about doing ANYTHING with this!!!) – but also, it was fun trying to do a pastiche of Grace Jones.
Let me explain the reason for this pathetic little snippet of audio.
I am compiling my post for Love Song for Minds Music Monday. It won’t be ready for tomorrow at this late stage… but it will definitely be ready for next week.
And there’ll be a thread in the telling in which the reason why I did this will be obvious. In the meantime it begs the question – why didn’t Grace ever cover a Simple Minds song? Perhaps it isn’t too late?
By way of some fun and perhaps providing you with a bit of laughter, here’s my crude attempt at imaging what a Grace Jones voiced Love Song might have sounded like.
After I had done my post about Ride A White Swan last night – I did a thing I usually do not do and posted to SMOG before researching my topic and then proceeded to make a right tit of myself!
Well, I’ll blame being unwell for that because, normally, I’d go out on the web and search for info first. But last night I didn’t. So, I ended up posting to SMOG saying “does anyone know if SM have ever covered a T Rex song?”
Within a minute of the post being approved there was word back that, yes, they had and it was the song linked below.
I even have the Rejuvenation box set – IN BOTH FORMATS and I still forgot about it! I don’t even think I listened to their version until this morning. Or if I had I must have wiped it from memory.
I love that they do covers, I do. But, like in all things…some things work, others don’t. I know my “art” is not always best. I mean, geez, I probably have a “hit” rate of about one in thirty…if I’m lucky! Very much in dream land to think it’s as low as one in thirty – and to refer to it as “art”.
And right now, I couldn’t feel any more disliked by Jim so it hardly matters what I am about to say about their version of Children Of The Revolution – but I won’t slate it! Although, I feel it is a TAD rich that when I shared a link to the Violent Femmes version of it some years back, Jim replied with “Oh God, that’s rubbish!” Lol
UPDATE (Nov 6th): I found it! Looking for something else in Flickr, I found his reply.
All I’ll actually say is – some covers work and others don’t. Simple Minds have done some really stellar cover versions of other people’s songs. My fave of them all is All Tomorrow’s Parties. And with Jim being the massive Lou Reed and Velvet Underground fan that he is, I know that will make him happy to hear that. Just…you know…stroke the old ego before…BAM!
Sorry! Maybe it was just the choice of song. Maybe you should have plumbed for 20th Century Boy or Jeepster? Or Hot Love? Who knows? I dunno.
This amazing young man, Dan Crouch, has been sharing some piano solo covers of Simple Minds songs on the SM Official Group page. He had done fabulous covers of Hunter And The Hunted and most recently The American. And because he had covered The American it had me thinking that maybe he would be willing to try Wonderful In Young Life.
So I asked him….explaining away that it really hasn’t ever been performed live and that when I had a reply from Jim once about ever being done live, Jim pretty much dismissed it outright.
Bless you, Dan! Bless his cottons socks! He only went and done it and it’s GORGEOUS! I was crying my eyes out watching it. Just from…well, the joy of seeing it, Dan’s wonderful interpretation and the fact he actually DID grant my wish. What a beautiful, beautiful thing.
One final piece of brilliance from last night’s gig. Jinky giving one heartbreaking and breathtaking rendition of David Bowie’s I Can’t Give Everything Away. This man’s voice is phenomenal! Tissues at the ready…
I was getting myself ready for check-out of the hotel as this was playing over the radio on Friday morning, so I was only half tuned in. All I could pick up was that it was sounding stonking…and despite Jim being under the weather, he was sounding great. But I certainly heard the “black pudden” [sic] line. Lol