Actress Jane Horrocks is to release covers of Manchester indie classics from the likes of Morrissey and Joy Division and is also considering a cover of Cabaret Voltaire and Hawkwind.

Talking about the project in the Lancashire Telegraph she said.

“I thought they were so interesting with female voices, and you heard the lyrics in a different way, and I thought I’d like to do that with a couple of my favourite songs — and these are indeed my favourite songs. I’m a massive fan of Joy Division, I love their music — particularly the lyrics.”

The Rawtenstall actress has recorded Joy Division’s Isolation and former Smiths star Morrissey’s Life Is A Pigsty. She previously released an album of covers which featured a duet with Robbie Williams.

She said:

“At the moment I’ve no plans to release a physical copy, but I’m going to see how it goes on iTunes first.”

“I’ve got decent people playing on it and I got a very good producer.”

She is also considering further songs by space-rock veterans Hawkwind and ’80s electronic act Cabaret Voltaire.

Jane added:

“Most people think when I say I’ve done a couple of songs that it’s going to be Judy Garland or Gracie Fields, so it comes as a bit of a surprise. But that’s the music that I really like.”

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  1. Eccentric, I’ll say that. ‘Isolation’ will probably need to be heard to be believed.

    Thing is though, the middle-Englanders who see her in those grim Sky One ‘comedies’ (and see her as a ‘safe northerner’ not like those beered up hooligans) probably think The Smiths are the family across the avenue, next door to Cecil and Petronella and their boys, who take regular holidays to Sicily in their villa.

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