Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart
(Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook)
I vaguely remembered the Gene Pitney & Marc Almond version that came out when I was a kid, but later could never remember who it was by or what it was called. Then I heard the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds version on Kicking Against The Pricks and I remembered what a great song it is!
Johnny Cash – I See A Darkness
(Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy)
The Johnny Cash American Recordings series isn’t short on excellent cover versions and I could just as easily have chosen Hurt, The Mercy Seat, Down There By The Train or many others. But I think this is my favourite. When Will Oldham’s harmony vocal joins in on the chorus it’s heartbreaking.
Mick Harvey, Nick Cave, Anita Lane – Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus
Another Bad Seeds related effort. Mick Harvey made two albums of Serge Gainsbourg covers, and while the arrangements remain fairly similar to the originals all the lyrics are translated into English. Mick sings most of the songs apart from this one where it’s clear Nick is definitely the man for the job.
The Pixies – In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song)
King Creosote – Cod Liver Oil And The Orange Juice
This is one of the songs I used to hear Kenny playing in the pub in St Andrews years ago. The video is a more recent full band version he did with The Earlies, but you should also check out the original by Hamish Imlach. Filthiest laugh you’ll ever hear.
Part one of the top ten is here.