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Friday, 7 January 2005

Weekend and cover versions

We popped down to Watford to see Cath, Martin and little (though rapidly growing up!) Luke this morning, and, after watching the little lad have his first play on the traditional "door bouncer", we went for an enjoyable (if a little blustery) walk through the park that's a short walk from their house.

In the afternoon, Christopher and I played, among other things, with K'Nex, a large box of which he received for Christmas. He's really taken to building things from the construction guide that came with the box; it's amazingly versatile, and he can follow the instructions without too much trouble.

Ella hadn't napped, so was a bit snappy, but she still enjoyed interacting with me from inside her large cardboard box that she has turned into a little refuge from all the bits strewn on the floor!

Beth, unfortunately, has a cold, and it's become worse as the day's progressed, but it gave me an opportunity to throw myself into entertaining the children. I'm going to have to catch up with the housework tomorrow, though! One of the benefits of the shift system is that my weekends sometimes extend to three days, so I'll still (hopefully) have some time to tidy the studio.

While I was catching up with my blogging (as you can see I've been rather intermittent of late - my explanation is that with my shiny new phone, I'm taking more photos; every picture tells a story, which needs to be told!) I was listening to a German radio station called Radio CT, on which a member of the team that pops over to the UK to help us with our playout system on occasion, does an 80s and early 90s show on a Friday evening. One of the songs he played was by a Belgian Choir called Scala who saw fit to cover the frankly untouchable "Creep" by Radiohead.

It led me to think about how many other bands have attempted a version (I know Richard Cheese, who performs irreverant lounge versions of rock classics, couldn't help but have a go) - I was surprised to see, at The Covers Project that twenty nine bands have committed musical sacrilege (or similar). Take, for example, "The Pop Project", who perform synthpop versions of famous tracks. Here's their take (3.29MB zip [inexplicably]) - and I would urge you to prepare yourself psychologically. See how many more inappropriate covers you can spot. Or not.

Posted by james at January 7, 2005 10:01 PM

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