Your Sky All Hung With Jewels

Back to the Bunnymen thing that’s been going around here with Nouvelle Vague’s cover version of the Killing Moon from 2006. While they strip much of the drama out of the song and make it all sleepy, the addition of an accordion and a French accent are generally a good thing.

The Killing Moon

I Went To A Party I Danced All Night

I’ve just remembered I was meant to be doing some Surf Sunday posts. Sorry George, I’ll try harder next week.

I think it was Dirk from Sexyloser who tipped me off to this, and my mp3 player has shuffled it up twice in the last few days- Nouvelle Vague, French loungecore/bossa nova/easy listening interpretors of punk, tackling a Dead Kennedys song and turning it from a fratboy anthem into something else entirely, particularly the inspired one-off vocal.

Too Drunk To Fuck

Plus a picture of John Steinbeck looking dapper, a man who would surely never be too drunk for a bit of hows-yer-father.

When They Kick Out Your Front Door

Cover versions, it’s often been noted, need to do something different with the song. It’s interesting that when people have a go at covering The Clash a common approach is to strip back, slow down, get the acoustic guitars out and hold it all in a bit. There’s not many wanting to take on the Clash at their own game.

Nouvelle Vague are a French covers outfit who make bossa nova, easy listening and chanson versions of punk and new wave songs. The first time you hear one of them, your ears prick up, and you think ‘that’s not bad’. After a while though, the novelty wears a bit thin and you can guess exactly what the cover versions sound like just looking at the tracklist. Here they cover Paul Simonon’s Guns Of Brixton, stripping all the menace and machismo out of it. Despite missing that bassline and a certain amount of swagger, I quite like it.