I do know of Elastica but their music should be more familiar than it is, especially songs like this which may have achieved some notoriety (?) due to similarity with No More Heroes by The Stranglers
If you think you’ve seen this before, you have. I posted a live version in April.
The Church are Australian but I heard this on indie radio while resident in Seattle in the late 80s
Came across Antiqcool a few months back via the Introducing Mixtape.
So here’s another by them
My first learning point is that Joan Baez sang this as early as 1960.
When she performed it the Royal Festival Hall I simply – and mistakenly – heard it as an acoustic version of a song I know and love. So when I found this rendition the video content was unexpected to say the least. I then re-tuned my ears and discovered that this is actually sung from the perspective of a woman led into a life of degradation
I’ve heard three acoustic-style versions of this song this year. Each was spine-tinglingly good in its own right, and each reminded me of the brilliance of The Animals version. There’s one by Sinead O’Connor in an earlier post, one heard live at the Peterborough Willow Festival, and one performed by Joan Baez at the Royal Festival Hall.
I do know that this isn’t the original, but it’s fair to say that the song was popularised by The Animals, and wikipedia refers to it as ‘the most successful commercial version’. The clip has cleaned up video overlaid with the studio version – an approach with some downsides although on balance I approve
6-Music earns its licence fee all in one go by playing utterly brilliant new music such as this.
I’ve heard it several times in recent weeks and am now able to appreciate the significance of the magic word ‘Sinkane’ in advance.
I even like the video !
I first properly came across this 1965 song around 15 months ago. I thought it might be suitable for a certain upcoming wedding – but perhaps the tone is a little too wistful for those purposes.
Joan Baez sang it in concert at the Royal Festival Hall the other day, reminding me of its conciseness and beauty