When performing a cover/tribute version of a popular song, one must always remember “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm and Smash Mouth’s seminal hit “I’m a Believer”. These two examples leave an overwhelming legacy and will forever remain an important part of our cultural fabric. Here’s my improvement of a Kinks classic.
Hey there! I’m going SOLO with my album The Paradox and just between us it’s the shiz. This is where I’ll be putting stax of info so if u wanna be hip to what I’m laying down don’t be no jive turkey… just keep yo pants on honey!…
NO GOOD STUFF: This song was inspired by a shop that I remember from the 90’s in Watton Street. It was simply called “The Werribee Shop”! I don’t remember ever actually stepping foot inside the place but me and me mates would stand outside looking through the window pissing ourselves laughing. They had fuck all stock and from memory what they did have was only rubbish like fingerless gloves, ashtrays, balls of string and shit like that.
This is a really cool Dirty York song that was recorded when we were working on our debut album (Waiting On St George) back in 2008. It was left off the record but we did perform this live a few times with our early lineup. It was fun to play…. Luke Teys had this one in the cannon before we met, we simply replaced his vocals with mine in the studio. It’s a rough mix but it’s sweet as!! Enjoy.
This is derived from the Uncle Tupelo version which I’m mostly familiar with.
The Moonshiner - Traditional
“The Moonshiner” is a folk song with disputed origins. It is believed that the song originated in America, then later was made famous in Ireland. Others believe that it was the other way around. The Clancy Brothers stated on their recording that the song is of Irish origin, but again, this is disputed. Delia Murphy was singing it in Ireland from the late 1930s. American country music singer Tex Ritter is famous for a song of similar tune and lyrics by the title “Jack of Diamonds” from as early as 1933. Bob Dylan recorded “Moonshiner” around 1963; this version was released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991. The song has also been performed by Elliott Smith, Cat Power, Sons Of An Illustrious Father, Rumbleseat, Cast Iron Filter, Railroad Earth, Bob Forrest, Roscoe Holcomb, Uncle Tupelo, Jeffrey Foucault, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Floorbirds, Ben Manuel, Dear August, The 2nd St Rag Stompers, Tim Hardin, Charlie Parr, Oscar Lush, Punch Brothers, Fannigan’s Isle, the Tumbling Bones,The Dad Horse Experience Rumbleseat, and Redbird.
Hey check out this screaming dickhead… I heard this song on the radio the other day and decided to have a go at it (cos’ I dig it). Unfortunately I think I strained my poopa valve in the process! Have a nice weekend people of planet earth (and beyond)…. stay cool.
Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice
As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.
Shaun Brown... Australian singer/songwriter... Currently working on debut “solo” album... Due for release in 2014 sometime... Is actively lead vocalist in Melbourne rock band Dirty York (since 2007)...Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/shaun.brown.779642