Golddiggas Headnodders & Pholk Songs

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Beautiful South modestly inaugurate a new label association with Sony with this all-covers collection. Artists known for original material who make albums like this often do so to pay tribute to the beloved music of their youth; think of John Lennon's Rock 'n' Roll or David Bowie's Pin Ups. The Beautiful South, however, are known for their sarcastic lyrics wrapped in pretty melodies and arrangements, and a gaze at the track list inevitably poses the question whether the band's sense of irony has crept into its song choices. Is this really music that they love, or are they taking the piss? The latter seems to be the case at the top, a version of "You're the One That...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Beautiful South modestly inaugurate a new label association with Sony with this all-covers collection. Artists known for original material who make albums like this often do so to pay tribute to the beloved music of their youth; think of John Lennon's Rock 'n' Roll or David Bowie's Pin Ups. The Beautiful South, however, are known for their sarcastic lyrics wrapped in pretty melodies and arrangements, and a gaze at the track list inevitably poses the question whether the band's sense of irony has crept into its song choices. Is this really music that they love, or are they taking the piss? The latter seems to be the case at the top, a version of "You're the One That I Want" from the movie adaptation of Grease, transformed from the driving rocker wailed by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John into a dramatic ballad sung with what sounds like mock sincerity. Much the same can be said of the loping, country-styled arrangement of ELO's "Livin' Thing" that follows. Clearly, whether they mean these performances affectionately or comically, the members of the Beautiful South are intent on redefining the songs by giving them arrangements their creators never would have dreamed of. It may be that, the fruitier the selection, the more they feel the need to transform it. Willie Nelson's "Valentine," Rufus Wainwright's "Rebel Prince," and especially the Stylistics' "I'm Stone in Love with You" are not messed about with very much. But Blue Öyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" gets a Latin arrangement, and the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" is rendered in much the way Buddy Holly & the Crickets might have done, if they'd been trying to transform it into "Peggy Sue." Whether the Beautiful South are serious or presenting this music largely tongue in cheek, however, they succeed in giving the listener new ways to hear familiar songs, some of which always seemed like guilty pleasures at best. Who knew that TV pop group S Club 7's "Don't Stop Moving" was a halfway decent song?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • UPC: 827969194522
  • Catalog Number: 691945

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beautiful South Primary Artist
Chip Taylor Vocals, Guest Appearance
Damon Butcher Keyboards
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Paul Heaton Vocals, Group Member
Dave Hemmingway Vocals, Group Member
The Kick Horns Brass
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Gary Hammond Percussion
Danny Thompson Double Bass
David Rotheray Guitar, Group Member
David Stead Drums, Group Member
Sean Welch Bass, Group Member
Alison "Lady" Wheeler Vocals, Group Member
Dave Hemingway Vocals, Group Member
Alison Wheeler Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Jeff Lynne Composer
Chris White Composer
John Farrar Composer
Jonathan Lee Composer
Dorian Burton Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Paul Heaton Producer
Jon Kelly Producer
The London Session Orchestra String Arrangements
Clyde Otis Composer
Joey Ramone Composer
Donald Roeser Composer
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Jay Reynolds Programming, Engineer
C.C. White Composer
Anthony Bell Composer
Rufus Wainwright Composer
Ray Staff Mastering
Ryan Art Artwork
Tina Barrett Composer
Rachel Stevens Composer
Hannah Spearritt Composer
Bradley McIntosh Composer
Paul Cattermole Composer
Bobby Cristiansand Composer
Barry Klein Composer
Joanne O'Meara Composer
Jim Sheppard Solomon Composer
Eleonora Miki Berenyi Composer
David Cutter Illustrations
Simon Peter Ellis Composer
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