posted by davidt on Thursday November 27 2003, @12:00AM
Not quite in time for our holiday shopping, but something to look forward to nonetheless- Matinée Records is putting out a Smiths tribute compilation with some super indie bands, including The Lucksmiths and The Snowdrops.
From the Matinée Recordings News:
Our 30th album release is a daring compilation entitled "Romantic and Square is Hip and Aware" (matcd030) ? and the exceptionally bright among you may recall that phrase from the run-out groove of a certain single by 80's mega-legends The Smiths! The keen management here at Matinée happen to think The Smiths are the greatest band of all time so we asked our talented coterie of artists to take a stab at a Smiths cover and compiled this special tribute album to mark the 20th anniversary of the band. Yes, we know there have been Smiths tributes already but none of them in our humble opinion come anywhere close to paying proper respect to the brilliance of the band so we've had a go ourselves.
"Offering a mix of songs from throughout the band’s venerable career, the contributors include: The Pines, with a jingly-jangly version of the hit “Ask”; Pale Sunday, providing a magnificent bossa-nova and shoegaze reworking of “I Know It’s Over”; The Lucksmiths, who approach the mighty “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” as a duet and come out smelling of roses; Slipslide, with an expertly crafted cover of “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”; Pipas, adding a great dance beat to the early classic “This Night Has Opened My Eyes”; Lovejoy, contributing an admirable cover of “Girlfriend In A Coma”; Would-Be-Goods, with an unforgettable version of “Back To The Old House”; The Young Tradition, putting their polish on a slowed-down version of “Sheila Take A Bow”; Simpático, with a convincing rendition of “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”; The Guild League , glam-ing up the already glam hit “Panic”; The Liberty Ship, attacking the rollicking “Sweet and Tender Hooligan” in fine fashion; and The Snowdrops, with a splendid live recording of the single “Bigmouth Strikes Again.”
A demonstration of our profound hubris? You bet! Preparing ourselves for cries of blasphemy? Of course! It’s at the CD plant now and we will have copies available sometime in late December exclusively via the mailorder. Otherwise, look for it in shops in January. "
Full tracklisting and links to soundclips here.
1. The Pines - Ask
2. Pale Sunday - I Know It's Over
3. The Lucksmiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
4. Slipslide - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
5. Pipas - This Night Has Opened My Eyes
6. Lovejoy - Girlfriend In A Coma
7. Would-Be-Goods - Back To The Old House
8. The Young Tradition - Sheila Take A Bow
9. Simpático - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
10. The Guild League - Panic
11. The Liberty Ship - Sweet and Tender Hooligan
12. The Snowdrops - Bigmouth Strikes Again (live)