Monday, June 27, 2011

New Wave Covers For Oldies Lovers - Part 1

My previous post featured kooky versions of punk classics, kind of the flip side of today's post:

During the
upheaval of the late '70s/early '80s punk days, there was a real changing-of-the-guard feeling that led many groups of the time to cover classic oldies from the sacred rock 'n' roll canon in an irreverent (if not downright disrespectful) fashion. One of my recent obsessions is to to collect as many of these as I can find. Thank God(zilla) for this blog - this is now not just some obsessive/compulsive behavior - it's a blog post! I'm part of the New Media, not just a weirdo spending his free time making obscurely-themed cassette mix tapes! And the result: strange, funny, experimental, pop, sometimes just stoopid ridiculous, unpredictable wonderfulness - this stuff's more punk than punk.
New Wave Covers For Oldies Lovers: A MusicForManiacs Collection

01 flying lizards - sex machine
02 The Better Beatles - PennyLane
03 Devo - Secret Agent Man
04 Karel Fialka - People Are Strange05 Bauhaus - Telegram Sam
06 Silicon Teens - Memphis Tennessee
07 The Raincoats - Lola
Rolling Stones section:
08 David Bowie - Let's Spend the Night Together
09 Neonbabies - Jumpin' Jack Flash
10 Nash the Slash - 19th Nervous Breakdown
11 Polyphonic Size - Mothers Little Helper
12 Bakersfield Boogie Boys - Get off my cloud
13 The Residents - (Can't Get No) Satisfaction
14 B52s - Downtown
15 Klaus Nomi - The Twist (live)
16 Wall of Voodoo - Ring Of Fire (live)
Bakersfield Boogie Boys - Okie from Muskogee
18 The Dickies - Nights in White Satin
19 The Slits - Heard It Thru the Grapevine
20 Ebn Ozn - Rockin' Robin
21 Jah Wobble - Blueberry Hill
22 Drinking Electricity - Shaking All Over
23 Ronnie And The Rhythm Boys - Hey Joe

I'm pretty sure I got some of these tracks off of blogs like Egg City Radio and Mutant Sounds, so thanks to them, and whoever else needs to be thanked. Part two coming at ya soon.


dj trish said...

Cool stuff!You you just makes tapes or do you make CDs too?Wanna do a mix trade?Trish

Mr Fab said...

Cassettes, ha, I haven't made them since the '90s! No, I don't make tapes or CDs, I just post my compilations here for all to download, you reach a lot more people that way.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget "Let's Spend the Night Together" by Charo, with the SalSoul Orchestra. Windy

Mr Fab said...

Love that Charo album. And not just for the cover.

Normal Ioi Fyp said...

That whole album by Silicon Teens is cheeky covers, and it's a lot of fun. Silcon Teens was the alter ego of the guy from The Normal (T.V.O.D, Warm Leatherette) who went on to start Mute records. You gotta hear his cover of "Doo-wah-diddy."

Mr Fab said...

Love that Silicon Teens album - got it for a mere 10 cents at a Tower outlet store back in the day. And the Flying Lizards albums from whence comes "Sex machine" is pretty much all covers, too.

Mike Hale said...

OMG! The Raincoats doing Lola.. great find!

Anonymous said...

O ya! Thx for the great list... Have ya heard Ronny do Sly's "If you want me to stay" ? Cold Fire!

Mr Fab said...

That Sly cover's nice! And beat the Red Hot Chili Pepper's version by years.

Modera said...

Thanks. My roommate and i downloaded your four collections and are really enjoying them a lot!