{Mp3} Sometymes Why cover Concrete Blond’s “Joey” (from their upcoming release “Your Heart Is A Glorious Machine”)

The Concrete Blond song “Joey” should probably be left well enough alone. It’s such a heart-rending song that I think it can only been done justice by the cigarette and whiskey ravaged voice of lead singer Johnette Napolitano. To try to make it into a song with beautiful harmonies and gently strummed guitars is really missing the point. The women in Sometymes Why (members of Uncle Earl, the Mammals, and Crooked Still) may have a fine record on their hands but it’s hard be too excited after hearing this song.

The new record, Your Heart Is A Glorious Machine, out in March on Signature Sounds.

Joey [Download]

Original video for “Joey”

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4 Responses to “{Mp3} Sometymes Why cover Concrete Blond’s “Joey” (from their upcoming release “Your Heart Is A Glorious Machine”)”

  1. muruch says:

    Oh dear lord, why? I love Crooked Still, but this is awful. Of course, Concrete Blonde is one of my favorite bands of all time, so I have very high standards for any cover of their songs.

  2. boyhowdy says:

    Hmm. The song makes a decent light lullaby, but the arrangement here is too back and forth, and ultimately the hard rock organ, fuzz-guitar, and drum beat of the “forth” isn't the best showcase for the team's light folk harmonies. Unfortunate, that — each of the three makes such beautiful music, both together and as solo artists. Still, every artist gets to make a few poor production choices here and there.

  3. gomonkeygo says:

    I know nothing of this band, but I'm amused because there was a band in Madison, WI in the early 80s called Sometimes Why. They were a power-pop outfit that everybody thought would be the next big thing. I think that Butch Vig – Garbage, Nirvana-producer – produced their only album. And did a rotten job of it, too.

    Just pure music trivia. I hope that by unloading this stuff randomly on the web, I may eventually clear my head and be able to think clearly. :)

    Nice blog, btw.

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