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Cover Story – Diane Birch

Having won my “Song of the Year” for 2010 Diane Birch caught me out with the sudden release,  of a seven track EP featuring all cover versions as a tribute to the music she loved growing up, music she heard via the older sisters of her friends, movies and other sources that were already nostalgic in the mid 90′s for the era that was the 80′s.

For this release Diane  has teamed with fellow New Yorkers and “astronauts of progressive soul” (Guardian UK) the Phenomenal Handclap Band to record ‘The Velveteen Age.’

 As such she has put her own seductive spin on songs by The Cure, Joy Division, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Echo & The Bunnymen, This Mortal Coil, The Sisters of Mercy and Peter Murphy.

 ‘The Velveteen Age’ was produced by S-Curve’s Steve Greenberg and Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand, and mixed by Steve Greenwell. Birch contributed arrangements with Collas and Marquand, and played all keyboards.

This Corrosion (Sisters of Mercy)

Kiss Them For Me (Siouxsie & The Banshees)
Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & The Bunnymen)
Atmosphere (Joy Division) Primary (The Cure)
Tarantula (This Mortal Coil)
A Strange Kind of Love (Peter Murphy)

Diane Birch with The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Produced by Steve Greenberg, Daniel Collás & Sean Marquand
Arranged by Diane Birch, Daniel Collás & Sean Marquand
Diane Birch – Vocals and Keyboards
Luke Riverside – Guitar
Pier Pappalardo – Bass
Patrick Wood – Drums
Quinn Luke & Patrick Wood – Backing vocals

“During my teenage years as a Goth these songs were amongst my nearest and dearest,” says Birch, who appears in one of her vintage Victorian wedding dresses at age 16 in the photo on the EP cover. “Sitting in my bedroom with my headphones pressed into my ears till they hurt, each song gave me a weird kind of hope for my future. I would have never imagined I would get a chance to record them one day, let alone with some of my closest friends.”

To buy the EP click HERE which I would recommend if only for her haunting take on Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”

January 1, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Releases, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cover Story – Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry has a new album titled “Olympia” was released recently

The cover features Kate Moss in nothing more than glossy red lipstick, a stunning diamond necklace, and white bedsheets as she lies upside-down with her dark-rooted blonde locks fanned out.

“I normally use unknown women -– it’s nice to discover girls for that kind of thing,” Ferry told the Daily Mail.

“But this time I thought it would be a good idea to ask Kate, because she’s a great femme fatale of our era.

“And it turns out she was delighted to do it, she was a big fan of the music, and it worked out fantastically.”

Ferry, who dubbed the image an “early pin-up,” also told the paper that shoes and dresses were flown in from Paris especially for the shoot.

One of the tracks on the album is a version of an all time favourite song of mine Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren”

“Song To The Siren” – Bryan Ferry

This however is my favourite version

To buy the music of Bryan Ferry click HERE

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Elizabeth Fraser

elizabeth fraser

I haven’t tried to wind up Big Rab for awhile so here is Liz Fraser’s cover version of the Chic track  “At Last I Am Free”

“At Last I Am Free”- Elizabeth Fraser

stop me if you think this is over


October 8, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Friends, Old Music, Video | , , , , | 6 Comments


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