Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before...

Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before...

     
 

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Rough Trade recently reached the ripe old age of 25. To celebrate, they decided, among other things, to have some of their current artists do covers of songs released on Rough Trade in the past. Not a bad idea. Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before features 16 of these covers, oddly none of them a Smiths song even though that

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Rough Trade recently reached the ripe old age of 25. To celebrate, they decided, among other things, to have some of their current artists do covers of songs released on Rough Trade in the past. Not a bad idea. Stop Me if You Think You've Heard This One Before features 16 of these covers, oddly none of them a Smiths song even though that Rough Trade band gave the disc its title. As with most compilations of this nature, there are peaks and valleys. The most obvious valleys are Delays' bloodless version of Mazzy Star's "Ride It On" and the Veils' clattering version of Scritti Politti's "Lions After Slumber." The flatland would be the two overly imitative covers of Galaxie 500: the Tyde's version of "Tell Me" (with a lead vocal even more wobbly than Dean Wareham's) and British Sea Power's version of "Tugboat." Climbing up the summit you'll find the anti-folk contingent, who acquit themselves well; Adam Green does no harm to the Young Marble Giants' "Eating Noddemix" and Jeffrey Lewis romps through the Television Personalities' "Part-Time Punks." Elsewhere, Oneida does a wild cover of James Blood Ulmer's manic "Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk Is the Preacher," the Fiery Furnaces do rough justice to the Fall's clattering "Winter," and the Hidden Cameras do a lush version of the Clean's "Dunes." Two Strokes songs get the treatment; Royal City countrifies "Is This It" very pleasingly, while the Detroit Cobras remove the crazed rush of energy from "Last Nite" and replace it with smoke and smolder. On the top of the hill are Belle & Sebastian's whimsical electro-pop cover of Young Marble Giants' "Final Day," Eastern Lane's absolutely storming cover of the Feelies' great "Fa Ce La," and the Mystic Chords of Memory's heartbreakingly tender version of Aztec Camera's "We Could Send Letters." The original is a contender for one of the best songs of all time and while the Mystic's version can't possible top it, it gives it a serious run. The disc is worth it for those three songs alone, but it is fun all the way through and a fitting tribute to a great label.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Rob Brunner
Full of pleasant surprises. (B+)

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2008
Label:
Redline
UPC:
5013929293328
catalogNumber:
33

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sean Cook   Bass
Elizabeth Fraser   Vocals,Mellotron
Jack Lewis   Bass,Vocals
Ric Menck   Drums
Simon Osborne   Bass,Harmony,Group Member
Jennifer Cohen   Group Member
Joey Mazzola   Bass,Group Member
Kenny Tudrick   Drums,Group Member
Michael Olsen   Cello,Group Member
Brent Rademaker   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Adam Green   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Fachini   Guitar,Group Member
Darren Rademaker   Guitar,Vocals
Damon Reece   Drums
Chris Geddes   Keyboards
Sarah Martin   Keyboards
Lonnie James   Drums,Group Member
Alasdair Roberts   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Anders Griffen   Drums
Stevie Jackson   Guitar
Stuart Murdoch   Keyboards,Vocals
Richard Colburn   Drums
Tom Crossley   Flute,Drums,Background Vocals
Gareth Eggie   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bob Kildea   Guitar
Hamilton   Organ,Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Gunst   Group Member
Jeffrey Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Rachel Nagy   Vocals,Group Member
Maribel Restrepo   Guitar,Group Member
Steven Mertens   Bass,Bongos
Benjamin Knight   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Joel Gibb   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Fat Bobby   Guitar,Drums,cowbell,Group Member
Hanoi Jane   Guitar,Drums,cowbell,Group Member
Greg Gilbert   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Colin Fox   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Aaron Gilbert   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Aaron Riches   Banjo,Tambourine,Vocals,Group Member
Justin Stayshyn   Organ,Group Member
Dave Elcock   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
John Garden   Organ
Owen Pallett Mission   Organ,Violin,Viola,Group Member
Michael Mooney   Guitar
Noble   Organ,Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Rowly   Drums,Group Member
Wood   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ivor Cutler   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
James Blood Ulmer   Composer
Edwyn Collins   Engineer
Rob Campanella   Engineer
Roddy Frame   Composer
Green Gartside   Composer
Iain Harvie   Producer,Engineer
Stuart Moxham   Composer
Philip Moxham   Composer
David Roback   Composer
Craig Scanlon   Composer
Mark E. Smith   Composer
Dean Wareham   Composer
Jeff McMurrich   Engineer
Alison Statton   Composer
David Kilgour   Composer
Brydie Scott   Composer
Damon Krukowski   Composer
Dan Treacy   Composer
Naomi Yang   Composer
Graham Sutton   Producer,Engineer
Anton Newcombe   Engineer
Hope Sandoval   Composer
John Smerek   Engineer
Darren Rademaker   Producer
Damon Reece   Producer,Engineer
Nicolas Vernhes   Engineer
Richard Colburn   Programming
Julian Casablancas   Composer
Mick Cooke   Programming,Engineer
Barry London   Engineer
Matt Harvey   Engineer
Joel Gibb   Producer
Delays   Producer
Mystic Chords of Memory   Engineer,Instrumentation
Veils   Producer

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