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23/4/17 – Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – 1981

Originally recorded by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers for inclusion on the 1981 album Hard Promises, it was left off as the lyric had a female perspective. Producer Jimmy Iovine had been working with The Heartbreakers and Nicks simultaneously and she became the perfect choice for the female voice. The song was written by Petty and guitarist […]

Nick Cave And PJ Harvey Henry Lee Single Cover

22/4/17 – Nick Cave And PJ Harvey – Henry Lee – 1996 / Dick Justice – Henry Lee – 1927 / Judy Henske – Love Henry – 1963

From an unlikely duet with Kylie Minogue to a likely one with PJ Harvey, both songs come from the Murder Ballads album released by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds in 1996. Henry Lee was the second single off the album after Where The Wild Roses Grow, the duet with Kylie. The song is a traditional […]

Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue

21/4/17 – Nick Cave And Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow – 1996 / Charlie Monroe – Down In The Willow Garden – 1947

Where The Wild Roses Grow was written by Nick Cave with Kylie Minogue in mind. I’m not sure he planned to murder her but the concept fitted nicely onto his Murder Ballads album released in 1996 on Mute records. Inspired by Down In The Willow Garden (also known as Rose Connelly), Irish in origin and adapted in […]

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Jackson Reprise 1967

20/4/17 – Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazlewood – Jackson – 1967 / Johnny Cash And June Carter – Jackson – 1967 / Florence Welch And Josh Homme – Jackson – 2012/ Towa Carson Och Mats Olsson – Laxå – 1967 / Carola Standertskjöld And Lasse Mårtenson – Mä lähden Stadiin – 1967

When I was 9 years old I bought this catchy single probably after hearing it on the radio, no picture sleeve, no video. I was completely unaware of the Johnny Cash/June Carter version. I was also completely unaware that Nancy Sinatra was the spitting image of Lady Penelope! (See the video below). Of course the […]

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1965:  Los Angeles 1965.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

19/4/17 – Sonny And Cher – I Got You Babe – 1965

Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe, was the other most famous duet of the sixties along with Frank and Nancy’s Somethin’ Stupid. Although this might be THE most overplayed songs of the sixties (along with all those other overplayed songs of the sixties) historically it stands as the first Hippie No.1. That is Hippies […]

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18/4/17 – Kevin Ayers featuring Nico – The Confessions Of Doctor Dream A) Irreversible Neural Damage – 1974

Released in May 1974, this was Ayers first album for Island records after four albums for Harvest. He only stayed at Island for one more album before returning to Harvest for another three and then, well, the eighties came. Thought of as one of his most accessible records (they all sound accessible to me) and […]