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Golddiggas, Head Nodders & Pholk Songs
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Album: Golddiggas, Head Nodders & Pholk Songs
# Song Title   Time
1)    You're the One That I Want
2)    Livin' Thing
3)    This Will Be Our Year
4)    Ciao!
5)    Valentine
6)    Don't Fear the Reaper
7)    This Old Skin
8)    Don't Stop Moving
9)    Till I Can't Take It Anymore
10)    Rebel Prince
11)    Blitzkrieg Bop
12)    I'm Stone in Love With You
 

Album: Golddiggas, Head Nodders & Pholk Songs
# Song Title   Time
1)    You're the One That I Want
2)    Livin' Thing
3)    This Will Be Our Year
4)    Ciao!
5)    Valentine
6)    Don't Fear the Reaper
7)    This Old Skin
8)    Don't Stop Moving
9)    Till I Can't Take It Anymore
10)    Rebel Prince
11)    Blitzkrieg Bop
12)    I'm Stone in Love With You
 
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Tracks

1. You're The One That I Want

2. Livin' Thing

3. This Will Be Our Year

4. Ciao!

5. Valentine

6. Don't Fear The Reaper

7. This Old Skin

8. Don't Stop Moving

9. Till I Can't Take It Anymore

10. Rebel Prince

11. Blitzkrieg Bop

12. I'm Stone In Love With You

Performer Notes
  • The Beautiful South created this far-flung anthology of songs just because they wanted to sing them in their own distinctive style. Twelve tracks range from well-known (but very different) titles such as soul show-stopper "Till I Can't Take It Anymore" to "You're The One That I Want" (from the movie GREASE). Songs from Rufus Wainwright, Ramones, and Willie Nelson also included.
  • Personnel: Alison "Lady" Wheeler, Dave Hemingway, Dave Hemmingway, Alison Wheeler, Paul Heaton (vocals); David Rotheray (guitar); London Session Orchestra (strings); The Kick Horns (brass); Damon Butcher (keyboards); David Stead (drums); Gary Hammond , Martin Ditcham (percussion); Jay Reynolds (programming).
  • Audio Mixer: Jay Reynolds.
  • Illustrator: David Cutter.
  • 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 yster 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? ~ William Ruhlmann
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