CC Round 7 Match 9 *QSC 11- Hipster Dawg 9*

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CC Round 7 Match 9 *QSC 11- Hipster Dawg 9*

Postby never/ever » 22 Oct 2017, 01:47

A

Magazine - Thank You





B

Patti Smith Group - Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby Copehead » 22 Oct 2017, 06:05

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby Jumper K » 22 Oct 2017, 08:57

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Postby Hugh » 22 Oct 2017, 12:18

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Postby sloopjohnc » 22 Oct 2017, 15:30

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby toomanyhatz » 22 Oct 2017, 19:56

Both pointless and awful. And I generally like Patti a great deal, and like some of the other covers from that album (when she lays off the clarinet, at least).

B I guess, as it at least has all the credibility it deserves (meaning very little) while A is, for some reason, generally rated highly around these parts.
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Postby The Modernist » 22 Oct 2017, 23:24

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby Darkness_Fish » 23 Oct 2017, 12:41

No surprise that I'm not familiar with Sly & The Family Stone's original of "Thank You". Sound very much like I'd expect. Magazine are one of the few post-punk bands I never saw any appeal in, they always had that earnestness and a vague hint of prog. The Old Grey Whistle Test seemed like their natural environment. It's not an interesting song, and this cover is typically lifeless.

At least I don't have to track down the original of B. That's not a ukelele there, is it, there'll be minus points for that. Well, it's not stunning, and I don't really see why she's done this. But it's better than A.
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Postby Moleskin » 23 Oct 2017, 15:05

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby echolalia » 23 Oct 2017, 23:51

B is an abomination.
A is good.

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Postby Rayge » 24 Oct 2017, 14:03

a - Entertaining as Spiral Scratch was, Buzzcocks were a much better band after How Weird left, while Magazine's more musicianly, muscular and cinematic style suited his voice and songs so much better. Win win! I lapped up everything by both bands and bought all the records, until I came across this turkey and cancelled my subscription (clever wording, cheers!) to Magazne. What a pile of shit. No wonder it's a 'BCB favourite'. A vocal style based on whining, wheedling and sneering does not add up to soulfulness. The band were pretty much incapable of putting together a bad backing track, but the Pallid One takes what is one of Sly's lesser songs and performances from the nod-out period and disimproves it. Bah. At least it wasn't Family Affair. As bad as a Clash reggae cover. Off-hand I can't think of a single punk or post-punk band who had a vocalist capable of covering anything by a black American without radically rearranging everything: I'm sure there must be one or two out there, just can't remember them (Alison Moyet maybe?). Anyway, 2 / 10
b - Well, this is a bit better, and certainly more pointed than that Hammond Organ nonsense in the last round, because Patti (naturally) respects the words, and gives them a fine reading like the great vocalist she is. And then she drops one of her own incantations in the middle, mildly self-parodic perhaps, but always pertinent: ecstatic poetry > music. The group playing it as a picked acoustic shuffle (is that a banjo I hear?) could be claimed as 'novelty' by some, but for me is as much an ironic comment on this young man's song being performed by a woman in late middle age; it also brings a delicacy absent from the original, showing there is something rather pretty in the melody line. Found myself liking it more as it went on. And, not that it affects my vote, the pictures are wonderful :) 6 / 10

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Postby fange » 24 Oct 2017, 15:53

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby Count Machuki » 24 Oct 2017, 18:48

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby Thang-y » 25 Oct 2017, 09:33

B is great, a really good version in treatment and in its own right. But I'm Patti-Smithed-out. Not feeling the worthiness.

A is Larry Graham's signature tune and I thought I was sick and tired of it but I like the treatment, I'm hearing it afresh.


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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby Osgood » 25 Oct 2017, 10:57

A is a crap version of a crap song, nothing to be saved there. B has everything a good cover must have.Respect for the original and while moving it to the new artist's territory making it work nicely. A great pick.

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby PENK » 25 Oct 2017, 12:25

Hadn't heard A for a while. It's a really good performance musically, though Devoto struggles with the vocal.
B just sounds awkward and contrived (and I do like Patti, the early records at least).

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby Ranking Ted » 25 Oct 2017, 22:24

Patti Smith really is one of the most self important, joyless performers of all time. Hey, I like some of the early-ish stuff too but she makes Lou Reed look like Leo Sayer.

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby never/ever » 28 Oct 2017, 01:31

Sweet lord, the mannerisms in Smith's vocal do me head in! This is not the Mags' finest moment either but is pretty decent.

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Re: CC Round 7 Match 9

Postby pcqgod » 28 Oct 2017, 03:54

I don't really dig Patti Smith at all, but her version of the Nirvana song is much more listenable than Magazine's cover of the Sly song.

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