The fifth in the series Jukebox Classics – the other four can be found here – features a turn from Primal Scream. I don’t claim to be a huge fan and didn’t particularly take any notice of them before the release of the Screamadelica. The odd track here and there but I think I was more interested in finding out if Bobby Gillespie played on The Wake’s Talk About The Past than hunting down Primal Scream records. He didn’t before you ask. And yes, I probably only bought Talk About The Past because it sounded like a New Order cast-off.
Some of their cover versions are interesting, in an unexpectedly good way. A blues rock version of The Clash’s Know Your Rights works a lot better than it sounds on paper while 96 Tears sounds unrecognisable to the original. Which I guess is what you want from a cover version; the ground shifting from under the comfort of a familiar tune.
Gillespie comments, “B-sides are meant to be fun“, and I remember the punk/new wave singles tended to be that and remained so until record companies decided that 7-minute remixes or radio edits were a cheaper – or more profitable – way of getting sales. Or four different remixes of a single on two separate records.
I used to buy twelve inch singles first and foremost, only venturing into the seven inch version if there was a different b-side. Then when the record companies – and I think ZTT were the culprits – went down the route of different versions of remixes, I moved on to rarely buying singles at all. Albums became my preferred choice but looking back, I’m not sure if that was more to do with getting a wage or whether it was some statement of consumer protest. The former I’m guessing.
I’m glad though, vinyl is making a comeback but seeing singles now selling for £9.99? I’ll stick with albums, even though they are hellishly expensive by comparison to their former glories.
Anyway, onto this morning’s playlist:
|Ramblin’ Rose||Jerry Lee Lewis|
|Know Your Rights||The Clash|
|I Want You||The Troggs|
|Gimme Some Truth||John Lennon|
|Some Velvet Morning||Nancy Sinatra|
|Slip Inside This House||The 13th Floor Elevators|
|Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne||Suicide|
|It’s Not Enough||Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers|
|City Slang||Sonic’s Rendezvous Band|
|96 Tears||? & The Mysterians|
|Darklands||The Jesus and Mary Chain|
|I’m Gonna Make You Mine||The Shadows Of Knight|
|So Sad About Us||The Who|
|Over and Over||Fleetwood Mac|
|To Live Is To Fly||Townes Van Zandt|
|I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time||The Third Bardo|
|Cold Turkey||John Lennon|
|Born To Lose||Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers|