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10 songs you (probably) didn't know are covers

Led Zeppelin "Dazed And Confused"
Is a song written by American singer-songwriter Jake Holmes in 1967 in a folk rock-style. Jimmy Page heard it and started performing it with his band The Yardbirds. Adapted with new lyrics and vocal line it later became one of Led Zeppelin’s signature tracks. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock’n’Roll” The commercially most successful song by Joan Jett was originally written and released by the Arrows in 1975. After trying to convince the Runaways of the song unsuccessfully she recorded it with Steve Jones and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), but it only made it as a B-Side track. When she started her new band The Blackhearts they decided to give it a chance: it was massive success. Blondie “Hanging On The Telephone” Witten by Jack Lee this cult classic was recorded and released by power pop band The Nerves in 1976 on their self-titled EP. It wasn’t until Blondie released the cover in 1978, that the song became a hit “We were playing it in the back of a taxicab in Tokyo, and the taxicab driver started tapping his hand on the steering wheel. When we came back to the US, we found that the Nerves weren’t together anymore and we said, ‘Gee, we should record this.'” - Deborah Harry The Rolling Stones “Time Is On My Side” is a song written by Jerry Ragovoy and first recorded by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and his orchestra in 1963, it was covered (with additional lyrics by Jimmy Norman) by soul singer Irma Thomas 1964. But The Rolling Stones’ version of it is undoubtedly the most famous one. Eric Clapton “Cocaine” The classic rock song was originally written and released by J.J. Cale in 1967. Clapton covered it for his album “Slowhand” in 1977 but it took another three years to get its recognition when he released it as a single for his album “Just One Night” and it entered the charts. George Harrison, "Got My Mind Set on You" The Beatles’ lead guitarist landed a massive success with ‘“Got My Mind Set On You” and reached his third number one single on the American Charts. Originally it was recorded by James Ray in 1962 (written by Rudy Clark). Cindy Lauper “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” The world wide hit was composed and recorded by Robert Hazard in 1979. Cindy Lauper changed the lyrics and told the story from a female perspective and it became an anthem. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” The synth-pop duo’s version of Ed Cobb’s soul-song (originally sung by Gloria Jones) made them internationally famous and reached number one in the German and UK charts in 1981. Nirvana "Love Buzz" "Love Buzz" is a song by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue ( fun fact: they also wrote “Venus” Bananarama, which is most famous for the Gilette advertisement). It was written by Robbie van Leeuwen and first released on the group's 1969 album At Home. The song was covered by Nirvana and released as their debut single in 1988. Everett True (Melody Maker magazine) described Nirvana's "Love Buzz" single as a "Limited edition of 1,000; love songs for the psychotically disturbed” The Clash “I Fought The Law” “I Fought The Law” was first recorded by The Crickets in 1960 (written by Sonny Curtis). When Joe Strummer and Mick Jones heard the song whilst recording “Give ’Em Enough Rope” in San Francisco, they were so keen on it they started playing it at live shows after their return from the US. In 1979 they released their studio version of it on The Cost of Living EP and the American version of their self-titled album. It became an anthem of the 70’s punk era.


Album Releases Summer 2021

Utopian Ashes - Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth (02.07.2021/ Third Man) Bobby Gillespie (Lead singer of Primal Scream, former drummer of The Jesus and Mary Chain) and Jehnny Beth (Leadsinger of Savages) have paired up for this album that musically and lyrically takes you through various stages of a marriage going down the drain. It comes along with a country- and soul-sound, but also undoubtedly has some traces of the Artists' main genres and the contribution of Primal Scream is definitely hearable. Top track: "Living a Lie" Hideaway - Wavves (16.07.2021/ Fat Possum) The San Diego rock band released their seventh album so far, produced by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), who also co-wrote several songs and contributed on guitar or synth to others. Staying true to their signature sound but adding a little twist this album might be their most innovative so far. Top track: "Sinking Feeling" Spiral - DARKSIDE (23.07.2021/ Matador) Eight years after their last album "Psychic" Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington alias DARKSIDE return with a new studio album! Ambient sounds, catchy basslines, experimental guitar riffs and Nicolás Jar's soft voice are distinctive for the band and if that's what you were hoping for on their new record you won't be disappointed. Top Track: "I'm the Echo" Harmonizer - Ty Segall ( 03.08.2021/ Drag City) A surprising solo release after his 2019-album "Pig Man Lives: Volume 1". The 10-track lo-fi/psychedelic/garage rock album features contributions from the Freedom Band and Segall's wive Denée Segall, who co-wrote two songs and sings the lead on "Feel Good". For now it is only available digitally with a physical release following in October. Top Track: "Play" Coming Soon: Pressure Machine - The Killers (13.08.2021) Year Of The Spider - Shannon An The Clams (20.08.2021) Superstate - Graham Coxon (27.08.2021) Screen Violence - Chvrches (27.08.2021)


Films with sensational soundtracks - Pt. 1

Lost Highway (1997) David Lynch's intense psycho-thriller obtains some of its feel by an amazing Soundtrack. Mastermind David Lynch chose Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor to assemble the soundtrack for this cult classic. It features David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Marilyn Manson's version of "I Put a Spell on You" and of course Rammstein's "Heirate Mich" and "Rammstein" boosting their popularity outside of Germany. Almost Famous (2000) Following a young journalist writing for "Rolling Stone" magazine touring with fictious band "Stillwater" in the early seventies this soundtrack features everything 70's music lovers want - Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beach Boys and many more... Rounded off with songs by fictions band "Stillwater". How could you forget the heartwarming scene of the crew on a bus all singing along to Elton John's "Tiny Dancer? No wonder it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album in 2001. Velvet Goldmine (1998) Todd Haynes musical drama is a colourful documentary-style film about a fictional character named "Brian Slade" set in the glam rock scene of the 1970's featuring Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Perfectly accompanied by songs of Brian Eno, Roxy Music and Lou Reed plus covers of glam rock classics like T.Rex's "21st century Boy" by Placebo and reinterpretations of glam rock hits by actors starring in the film and a special appearance by Radiohead's Thom Yorke on a cover of Roxy Music's "2HB". American Graffiti (1973) George Lucas' coming-of-age-film pictures one last night of summer vacation of four school-friends in the early 1960's in Modesto, California. Underlining the nostalgic looks the soundtrack features memorable classic rock hits by The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Del Shannon. Definitely a must-watch! Trainspotting (1996) Danny Boyle's film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel of the same name following heroin junkies in Edinburgh owes some of it's recognition to the amazing soundtrack ("Vanity Fair" magazine ranked the original "Trainspotting" soundtrack as the 7th best motion picture soundtrack in history in 2003). Featuring Iggy Pop, New Order, Blur and Underworld it was so popular that a second soundtrack was released in 1997 with songs of Joy Division, Primal Scream, Sleeper and David Bowie.


Films with sensational soundtracks - Pt. 2

Tommy (1975) Is a British music film by Ken Russell based on The Who’s rock opera “Tommy” from 1969 starring Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson and Roger Daltrey (The Who) as main character. It follows young Tommy, who, after having a traumatic experience becomes deaf, dumb and blind, a situation which several people exploit for their own pleasure. Playing pinball by intuition he becomes a pinball master, fame and wealth follow and Tommy even starts his own religion. Pete Townsend (The Who) wrote a couple of songs (Champagne, Mother and Son, TV Studio) especially for the film and apart from tracks of The Who’s “Tommy” album which the actors partially re-recorded it also features a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson II’s “Eyesight To The Blind” by Eric Clapton. The Graduate (1967) Mike Nichols' film adaptation of Charles Webb’s novel of the same name tells the story of a young College Graduate (played by Dustin Hoffman). After returning home, struggling to find out what he wants do do with his live, he starts a troubled affair with his Father’s Partners’ wife (Mrs. Robinson). Things get even more complicated when he takes out her daughter Elaine on a date and falls in love with her. This film classic is accompanied by an outstanding soundtrack written and performed by Simon & Garfunkel with songs such as “The Sound Of Silence”, “Scarborough Fair” and “Mrs. Robinson”. The soundtrack went up to number one of the American album charts Billboard 200 and made “Mrs. Robinson” a worldwide hit. I’m Not There (2007) Todd Haynes’ unconventional biography about Bob Dylan depicts different parts of his personality and events with six actors: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw. The title of the film is taken from the 1967 Dylan Basement Tape recording of "I'm Not There”, which wasn’t officially released until the soundtrack of the film. The soundtrack features artists such as Sonic Youth, Eddie Vedder, The Black Keys, Cat Power and Charlotte Gainsbourg. 24 Hour Party People (2002) The British comedic biography directed by Michael Winterbottom about Manchester’s music scene and particularly former record label “Factory Records” follows the career of eccentric news reporter and later founder of “Factory Records” Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) and some of its most popular bands like Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays. From late punk, to the start of Manchester’s rave scene the Soundtrack features classics such as the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the UK”, Joy Division’s “Transmission”, “Atmosphere”, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and of course the Happy Monday’s “24 Hour Party people”. Lost in Translation (2003) Sofia Coppola’s critically and commercially successful dramatic comedy tells the story of Bob Harris (Bill Murray), an actor whose fame is fading and struggles with midlife crisis and strains in his marriage. When he goes to Tokyo, Japan to promote Whisky he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a recent College graduate. They spend a night exploring Tokyos nightlife and having intimate conversations. The tension and atmosphere of the film is undermined by shoe gaze and dream pop songs such as My Bloody Valentines’ “Sometimes”, “Just Like Honey” by The Jesus and Mary Chain and Sebastian Telliers’ “Fantino” Fun fact: Bill Murray singing “More Than This” by Roxy Music (from the karaoke scene) is added as a hidden track on the Original Soundtrack.


King Gizzard and Lizard Wizzard - "Shanghai" Music Video

The Masters of psychedelic-rock have released a music video for the second single of their album latest album "Butterfly 3000" (their 18th studioalbum in 9 years - that must break a record, right?). The animation video by artist Amanda Bonaiuto perfectly accompanies the kaleidoscopic and carefree sound of the track, that sounds so familiar yet different for the band. Enjoy!


Music from Austria – Color The Night’s latest single “Hype”

“Hype” (11.06.21 / Hinterhof Records) is the latest single release by Color The Night - six young musicians from Austria jumbling up the local music scene since 2018 with their unique mix of pop, indie-rock, disco and funk elements. And just on time - as lockdown ends - they release “Hype”. A song that musically channels the ecstatic of getting back out of the house with energetic beats and catchy melodies to get you from your couch right onto the dance floor. But if you listen closely there is more to the song than the shallow hype you might expect from the title: lyrics dealing with © "Color The Night" by Patrick Weichmann. personal feelings such as doubts and confusion most people faced in the past months. Relatable, thought-provoking lyrics and powerful catchy tunes are the epitome of this colourful, energetic band. Color The Night: Paris Zinner / Vocals Michael Buchegger / Rythm Guitar Valentin Goidinger / Lead Guitar Lukas Märkl / Bass, Synth Jakob Gschwandtner / Drums Jonathan Banholzer / Trumpet Label: Hinterhof Records


Nouvelle Vague cover Blur's "Girls and Boys"

... They did it again: the french New Wave band best known for covers of Joy Divisions' "Love Will Tear US Apart" or Grauzones' "Eisbär" tackled another iconic track. Reinterpreting the song with vocalist Mélanie Pain's soft voice and reducing the instruments down to an acoustic guitar gives the song a new light and somehow nostalgic feel whilst also bringing the songs' lyrics to the spotlight that deal with the freedom of sexual preference.


The Jesus and Mary Chain sue Warner Music Group for copyright infringement

The Jesus and Mary Chain have filed a lawsuit against label Warner Music Group for copyright infringement. As Pitchfork reports, the Reid brothers state the Section 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976, which entitles the authors to gain back the rights of ownership after 35 years, the Reid brothers claim back the rights of "Psychocandy", "Darklands", the compilation "Barbed Wire Kisses", "Automatic" and "Honey’s Dead" alongside various EP's and Singles. © "The Jesus and Mary Chain, Hong Kong, 23 May 2012" by Guy Freeman is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Their Attorney Evan S. Cohen is currently also in the process of filing a class action copyright infringement representing various artists against Sony and Universal Music Group stating the same Section of the Copyright Act.


There is a new band in town - introducing BYRTH

Entering the “Austrian Indie Charts” at a staggering 4th place with their debut single “Ladybird” this duo is bringing a breath of fresh air into Vienna’s music scene with a unique mix of Electronic, - Indie- and Pop-elements. A full feature with the band will be available soon – so stay tuned!


We're back from summer break: LIVE SESSION with PURE CHLORINE coming this Thursday!

We met the alt-pop band from Vienna, Austria to film a very special live session for you - featuring a piano version of one of their singles and an unreleased track! Catchy yet heavy guitar riffs, the playful use of a variety of effect pedals and a fair amount of attitude combined with an energetic voice give this female fronted band a distinctive, modern sound. So stay tuned and check out the live session launching this Thursday at 7pm on this site and YouTube. Make sure you follow and for all the latest news!

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