Thursday, September 16, 2004

350125 Go! Part 3

Galaxie 500 - Ceremony

This is one of my favourite Joy Division covers, by one of my favourite bands.

It's just a sublime version that builds beautifully, and I love the way the low end bass doesn't make an appearance till nearly four minutes in accompanied by a tambourine.


Ceremony first appeared on the Blue Thunder 12" but can now be found as a bonus track on what is arguably (well I'll argue for it anyway!) their best album On Fire, which also includes the wonderful tracks Snowstorm, Blue Thunder, Another Day... to be honest they're all great songs... Buy it!

There's also a great live version of it on the fantastic Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste DVD...Erm.. Buy this too!.

Visit - Full of Wishes - An excellent site chocka full of all things Galaxie 500, Luna, Damon & Naomi and Dean & Britta stuff.

Xiu Xiu - Ceremony

This is a whole different kettle of fish...

Yes it's the same song, and yes it has some of the same notes (possibly) but it is a whole world away from the sublime Galaxie 500 version... but that doesn't mean it's rubbish... Oh no, far from it.

This clatters along in a wonderfully percussive way with all sorts of things thrown in, including a really cheap (sounds like it anyway) mad synth replacing the guitar line, a lovely chime part and features the deranged edgy vocals of Jamie Stewart.

But take away all the added gumph and it is surprisingly like the original...

Great stuff.

I bought the Chapel of the Chimes EP a couple of years ago on the strength of the Joy Division cover and was really impressed not only with their version but the rest of the EP too, and swore to buy more stuff by them but kind of forgot, so if anyone could recommend me something else to get by them I'd be very grateful.

Visit - Xiu Xiu

Nice Places To Visit

Whatever's Left - Drop by and say hi to Hannah and the gang for all your chart based fun.

Tuwa's Shanty - Well writen blog with great tracks including Nina Simone and Bomb The Bass K&D mix and many more.

Secret Knowledge of Backroads - Well written and entertaining thoughts... also go and vote on what was the last good song Paul Weller wrote, unfortunately I couldn't find a button for "absolutley nothing in the last two decades..."!

Cap'n McKennas Maritime Memories - Musings on books, music and life in general. Always entertaining.

Ghostwriter's MP3 Weblog - New kids on the blog, some good tunes from the MC5 and Munk amongst others.



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