Golddiggas Headnodders & Pholk Songs

Golddiggas Headnodders & Pholk Songs

by The Beautiful South

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Golddiggas Headnodders & Pholk Songs

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?

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 5099751863229
catalogNumber: 518632

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Kick Horns   Brass
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
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
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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