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New News – Buckley Film

Actor Penn Badgley has been cast as Jeff Buckley in the forthcoming biopic about the late singer-songwriter, according to reports.

Gossip Girl star Badgely will portray Buckley in the forthcoming film Greetings From Tim Buckley, beating touted names that included James Franco and Robert Pattinson.

Tim Buckley

The film follows a young Buckley as he grapples with the overbearing legacy of his
musician father Tim Buckley, leading up and culminating with his classic 1991 performance of his father’s songs, according to the Huffington Post.

Buckley, who became a musical hero in his own right with the 1994 album ‘Grace’, drowned in 1997 while swimming in the Wolf River in Tennessee.

Badgley, meanwhile, is currently portraying the character Dan Humphrey in hit teen drama Gossip Girl. His previous movie credits include John Tucker Must Die, The Stepfather and Easy A.


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June 28, 2011 Posted by | Movies, New News, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday Words – Lilac Wine

Lilac Wine” is a song written by James Shelton (words and music) in 1950.

“When I think more than I want to think
I do things I never should do
I drink much more than I ought to drink
Because it brings me back you…”

It was introduced by Hope Foye in the short-lived theater musical revue, “Dance Me a Song.” It was covered by Eartha Kitt (1953), by Judy Henske on her first, self-named album (1963), by Nina Simone on her album Wild Is The Wind (1966), was a solo hit by Elkie Brooks and appeared on her album Pearls and later by Jeff Buckley on his album Grace (1994).

It was covered live by Sarah Slean in 1997, More recently, the song was covered by Katie Melua on her debut album Call Off the Search (2003). In 2008 it was sung (Jeff Buckley version) at least once as background music in the French film Tell No One and in 2010 appeared on the Jeff Beck album Emotion & Commotion with vocals by Imelda May.

The only artist to have major chart success with the song was Elkie Brooks in 1978 and the song remains closely associated with her, especially in the UK and Europe.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton (December 28, 1950 – March 17, 2010) was an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops

and Big Star. Chilton’s early commercial sales success in the 1960s as a teen vocalist for the Box Tops was not repeated in later years with Big Star and in his indie music solo career on small labels, but he did draw a loyal following in the indie and alternative music fields.

His death yesterday strangly co-incided with me playing a Jeff Buckley cover of the Big Star song Kanga-Roo.

Click HERE for a super BBC obituary.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New News, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

Mother’s Day Bonus

It is “Mother’s Day” here in the UK and this track popped up on random play on ye olde iPod.

The track is a Jeff Buckley take on a Dylan song and features on the extened release of Buckley’s debut album “Grace” which is the only complete studio album by Jeff Buckley, released on August 23, 1994. While the album initially had poor sales, peaking at #149 in the U.S., it received wide critical acclaim and has now sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The extended version of the album (subtitled “Legacy Edition”) celebrating its tenth anniversary was released on August 24, 2004, and it peaked at #44 in the UK.

“Mama You Been On My Mind” – Jeff Buckley

Perhaps it’s the color of the sun cut flat
An’ cov’rin’ the crossroads I’m standing at,
Or maybe it’s the weather or something like that
But mama, you been on my mind.

I don’t mean trouble, please don’t put me down or get upset,
I am not pleadin’ or sayin’, “I can’t forget.”
I do not walk the floor bowed down an’ bent, but yet,
Mama, you been on my mind.

Even though my mind is hazy an’ my thoughts they might be narrow,
Where you been don’t bother me nor bring me down in sorrow.
It don’t even matter to me where you’re wakin’ up tomorrow,
But mama, you’re just on my mind.

I am not askin’ you to say words like “yes” or “no,”
Please understand me, I got no place for you t’ go.
I’m just breathin’ to myself, pretendin’ not that I don’t know,
Mama, you been on my mind.

When you wake up in the mornin’, baby, look inside your mirror.
You know I won’t be next to you, you know I won’t be near.
I’d just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind.

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I know that “mama” in this context isn’t refering to “mother” but the coincidence was to good to miss out on.

As for the Dylan version a complete take was recorded for the “Another Side Of Bob Dylan” album, but for reasons unknown, it was rejected. Described by Tim Riley as “the echo of a left-behind affair that rebounds off a couple of self-aware curves (‘I am not askin’ you to say words like ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ / …I’m just breathin’ to myself, pretendin’ not that I don’t know),” the song was soon covered by Joan Baez, who had a considerable amount of commercial success with it.

Dylan’s version would not see released until The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 in 1991

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Family, Old Music | , , | Leave a comment

Johnny Cash

The final studio album by Johnny Cash is to be released in February.

‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’ is out on February 22, four days before what would have been Cash‘s 78th birthday.

Produced by Rick Rubin in 2002 (a year before Cash‘s death), the album features covers of Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson songs.

The tracklisting for ‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’ is:

‘Aint No Grave’
‘Redemption Day’
‘For The Good Times’
‘First Corinthians’
‘Where I’m Bound’
‘Satisfied Mind’
‘It Don’t Hurt Anymore’
‘Cool Clear Water’
‘Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream’

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Whilst it may not include anything to match the brilliant cover of “Hurt” it will it would appear feature a cover of one of my favourite songs “Satisfied Mind” as covered here by the late great Jeff Buckley.

“Satisfied Mind” – Jeff Buckley

How Many Times, Have u Heard Someone Say,
If I Had Money, I Would Do Things My Way.
But Little They Know, That It’s So Hard To Find
One Rich Man In Ten, With A Satisfied Mind.

Money Can’t Buy Back, All Your Youth When Your Old
A Friend When Your Lonley, Or Peace To Your Soul
The Wealtiest Person, Is A Pauper At Times
Compared To The Man, With a Satisfied Mind.

When My Life Is Over, And My Time Has Run Out,
My Friends and My Lovers, I Will Leave, Theres No Doubt
But One Things For Certain, When It Comes My Time
I’ll Leave This Old World With A Satisfied Mind
But One Things For Certain, When It Comes My Time, Oh Yeah
I’ll Leave This Old World With A Satisfied Mind mind mind, mind mind,
Satisfied Mind.

January 20, 2010 Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

Fiona Friday – Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley

As I have often said in the past Fiona just loved the voice and music of Jeff Buckley.

She would therefore have been bowled over this week with the release of a previously unreleased Buckley track which has been chosen as part of the soundtrack to the film “My Sister’s Keeper”

It is another epic cover version this time of a song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin which first appeard on the 1975 album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”

“We All Fall In Love Sometimes” – Jeff Buckley

Wise men say
It looks like rain today
It crackled on the speakers
And trickled down the sleepy subway trains
For heavy eyes could hardly hold us
Aching legs that often told us
It’s all worth it
We all fall in love sometimes
The full moon’s bright
And starlight filled the evening
We wrote it and I played it
Something happened it’s so strange this feeling
Naive notions that were childish
Simple tunes that tried to hide it
But when it comes
We all fall in love sometimes
Did we, didn’t we, should we couldn’t we
I’m not sure `cause sometimes we’re so blind
Struggling through the day
When even your best friend says
Don’t you find
We all fall in love sometimes
And only passing time
Could kill the boredom we acquired
Running with the losers for a while
But our Empty Sky was filled with laughter
Just before the flood
Painting worried faces with a smile

my sisters keeper

To buy the Soundtrack click HERE

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June 26, 2009 Posted by | Cover Stories, Fiona, Movies, Mrs D, New Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

New News – Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley

A visual version of Jeff Buckley‘s Grace album has been compiled to mark 15 years since the album’s release.

Featuring nine previously unreleased live versions of album tracks as performed on TV in the US, England, Germany, France and Japan including the title track on the BBC Late Show, “Last Goodbye” for MTV and “Lover You Should Have Come Over” performed acoustically.

‘Grace Around The World’ will be released on June 22 as a DVD/CD set as well as a deluxe version with also features an hour long documentary called ‘Amazing Grace’. The doc features interviews with the three surviving members of the Jeff Buckley Band, friends, family, colleagues, DJ’s, producers, critics and fans.

The CD features all ten album tracks live, with extensive liner notes.

Grace Around The World will be available as the following versions. Full tracklistings are as follows:

STANDARD VERSION – DVD + CD (2-disc digipak with 16 page booklet)
DELUXE VERSION – 2 DVD + CD (DVD digipak with 24 page booklet, 2-sided fold-out poster, backstage laminate, tour announcement press release, tour dates postcard and three photo print postcards)

1. Grace (BBC Late Show, London, 1/17/95)
2. So Real (Live Aus Dem Sudbahnhof tv, Frankfurt, Germany, 2/24/95)
3. Mojo Pin (Live Aus Dem Sudbahnhof tv, Frankfurt, Germany, 2/24/95)
4. What Will You Say (Live Aus Dem Sudbahnhof tv, Frankfurt, Germany, 2/24/95)
5. Hallelujah (MTV Japan, 1/31/95)
6. Dream Brother (Howlin Wolf, New Orleans, 12/2/94)
7. Eternal Life (MTV’s Most Wanted, London, 3/3/95)
8. Last Goodbye (MTV’s Most Wanted, London, 3/3/95)
9. Lover You Should Have Come Over (JBTV Chicago, 11/8/94)
10. Lilac Wine (MTV Europe, Eurokeenes Festival, Belfort, France, 7/9/95)
11. Grace (MTV’s 120 Minutes, USA, 01/15/95)
12. So Real (MTV’s 120 Minutes, USA, 01/15/95)

Visual version, same track listing as CD.

BONUS FEATURES (running time 32:28)
1. Grace (MTV, 120 Minutes, New York, 1/15/95)
2. So Real (MTV, 120 Minutes, New York, 1/15/95)
3. Last Goodbye (MTV, 120 Minutes, New York, 1/15/95)
4. Vancouver (MTV’s Most Wanted, London, 3/3/95)
5. “Star Tours” (VH1, Naked Cafe Behind The Scenes Piece, 1/9/95)
6. Merri Cyr bus interview (spring 1995)
7. Hallelujah (music video directed by Ernie Fritz)



May 20, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | | Leave a comment

Cover Story – Last Goodbye


Hot on the heels of her album of Tom Waits covers Scarlet Johansson has covered the brilliant Jeff Buckley song “Last Goodbye”


This is our last goodbye
I hate to feel the love between us die.
But it’s over
Just hear this and then I’ll go:
You gave me more to live for,
More than you’ll ever know.

Well, this is our last embrace,
Must I dream and always see your face?
Why can’t we overcome this wall?
Baby, maybe it’s just because I didn’t know you at all.

Kiss me, please kiss me,
But kiss me out of desire, babe, and not consolation.
Oh, you know it makes me so angry ’cause I know that in time
I’ll only make you cry, this is our last goodbye.

Did you say, “No, this can’t happen to me”?
And did you rush to the phone to call?
Was there a voice unkind in the back of your mind saying,
“Maybe, you didn’t know him at all,
you didn’t know him at all,
oh, you didn’t know”?

Well, the bells out in the church tower chime,
Burning clues into this heart of mine.
Thinking so hard on her soft eyes, and the memories
Offer signs that it’s over, it’s over.

February 8, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | , | 2 Comments

X Factor Over……Hallelujah


With Mrs D not being able to get out much Saturday Night television has turned into a bit of an endurance test.

Finally the X Factor freached a conclusion last night and I found out to my total astonishment that the X Factor Single will be a cover version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

It was sung by both finalists last night with boy band JLS murdering it to the 100th degree, however, the winner Alexandra Burke gave it a rousing soul diva version.

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke

What odds would you have been given at the start of 2008 for Leonard Cohen having a Christmas No1 because it will be an odds on certainty now.

Jeff Buckley’s cover from his 1995 Grace album remains the definitive cover version and it is his guitar based arrangement which is the basis for the Alexandra Burke single which hits the shops on Monday.

Finally here is ray Wilson & Stiltskin’s take on such shows

December 14, 2008 Posted by | Video | , , , , | Leave a comment


“Hallelujah” was originally written and composed over the course of a year, and is said to have been a frustrating and difficult process for Cohen.[1] Cohen says he wrote at least eighty verses, discarding most of them in the process of crafting the song. Cohen is quoted as saying:

I filled two notebooks and I remember being in the Royalton Hotel [in New York], on the carpet in my underwear, banging my head on the floor and saying, ‘I can’t finish this song.’[2]

Cohen first recorded the song at Quadrasonic Sound, New York in June 1984, working with producer John Lissauer. The next recording of this song by Leonard Cohen was captured live in Austin, Texas on October 31, 1988 with production by Leanne Ungar and Bob Metzger.

Buy Leonard Cohen Various Positions HERE

The original recording is noted for containing biblical references in the lyrics, alluding to David‘s harp-playing used to soothe King Saul (I Sam 16:23), and his later affair with Bathsheba after watching her bathe from his roof (2 Sam 11:2). The line “she broke your throne and she cut your hair” is a reference to the source of Samson‘s strength from the Book of Judges chapter 16. The third verse mentions “the name” (Tetragrammaton). In these instances, the lyrics are overtly sexual. Jeff Buckley called his own rendition of the song a homage to “the hallelujah of the orgasm“.[4]

In 1994, Cohen released a substantially different version on the 1994 live album Cohen Live, retaining only the final verse from the original recording. In this version, the lyrics became more sexual, and the song’s structure was slightly reworked. Since his original studio album version, live performances by Leonard Cohen almost invariably include the final song verses not performed by Cale and many others. Many cover artists mix lyrics from both versions, and occasionally make direct lyric changes such as Rufus Wainwright singing “holy dark” and Allison Crowe singing “Holy Ghost” rather than “holy dove”. Although individual words do change among various versions, apart from such examples of clear revision by interpreters, any variation may be due to selection from Cohen’s complete lyrics rather than alterations by the cover artist.

Buy Jeff Buckley “Grace” HERE

Buy Katherine Jenkins “Sacred Arias” HERE

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment


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