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Butthole Surfers – Sweat Loaf

It’s probably safe to say that everyone can remember the first time they saw the moniker of this Texan band. The sound of their music lived up to the lurid name; with the outfit delivering fratboy Psychedelia that was raw, funny, juvenile, slapstick, and usually quite frightening.
Here they opened their ‘Locust Abortion Technician’ (1986) album with an irreverent cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Sweet Leaf’. The intro to this track became famous in itself, and was sampled by Orbital on their track ‘Satan’, which, if I’m honest, doesn’t stand the test of time and sounds as awful as something that the Chemical Brothers would have produced. This track on the other hand, still does it. Raw, raucous, blood-splattered Rawk peppered with maniacal vocals courtesy of “Gibbytronix”; interspersed with sections of blissful, psychedelia that propels you among the clouds, before the next descend into loony toon hell.


Ectogram – Excerpt From The Faust Tapes

Welsh Post-Rock act giving us some Faust from their 1995 EP ‘Spoonicon’. This was back before we knew this ‘excerpt’ was called ‘J’ai Mal Aux Dents’.

Great cover.

The Gories – Ghost Rider

Detroit Garage Punk band The Gories give us a cover of Suicide’s classic track ‘Ghost Rider’. This can be found on the band’s 1994 compilation “I Know You Be Houserockin'”

Lou Reed – This Magic Moment

Fantastic version of the Doc Pomus track from 1960 (as performed by Ben E King & The Drifters). This featured on the 1995 Pomus tribute album, ‘Till The Night Is Gone’, and was recorded around that time. It was, of course, also used in David Lynch’s 1997 film ‘Lost Highway’, and features on that soundtrack.

Melvins – Interstellar Overdrive

Melvins cover the classic Barrett-era Floyd track with great gusto.

Dump – Dirty Mind

Dump was Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, and in 2001 he did an album of Prince covers called ‘That Skinny Motherfucker With the High Voice?’. This, the best track on the album, is a fantastic rendition of a great Prince song.

Pussy Galore – Yü Gung

Pussy Galore covered one of Einstürzende Neubauten’s tunes* in 1988 and decided that what was also required was nods to Public Enemy in the shape of samples. Lacks the drive of the original; but it’s a really nice version nevertheless.

*from their 1985 album “Halber Mensch’ to be precise.

John Cale – Memphis

John Cale’s excellent cover of Chuck Berry’s ambiguous track about Marie  really has Cale put his own stamp on it. From 1986’s ‘Even Cowgirls Get The Blues’.

Weep – Shut Up And Drive

America’s Weep cover Rhianna’s hit. Someone on YouTube smeared it all over Venture Bros and we thought we’d post it.

Robert Wyatt – I’m A Believer (Live on Top Of The Pops 1974)

Wyatt hits the cover version jackpot yet again, and here he’s performing it on what was once Britain’s most vacuous TV music show; with Fred Frith (on guitar) no less!. This clip was presumed lost, and the BBC weren’t happy to have a man in a wheelchair on their beloved show (I mean, disabilities are so yucky). Luckily, the clip was preserved, Top Of The Pops is no more, and the public now see the likes of Jimmy Savile as repulsive; rather than people in wheelchairs. Robert Wyatt, a national treasure.

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