French Boutik/Popincourt: The Place I Love/Tonight at Noon
Released 8 December
French Boutik and Popincourt salute The Jam, breathing new life into lesser-known Weller songs and raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
This cracking new Jam tribute split 7” from French Mods French Boutik and Popincourt is refreshing in more ways than one. Firstly, both bands have opted for less obvious choices for their Jam covers, each bringing a brand new twist to their chosen song. French Boutik’s take on The Place I Love (originally an album track from the Jam’s third LP, All Mod Cons) is sung in French and given a swinging ’60s pop make-over.
On the other side, Popincourt takes another Jam album track (this time from the band’s second LP, This is the Modern World), Tonight at Noon, and delivers it in a more laid-back, psychedelic style, similar to mid-period Byrds (this version is sung in English). And the record is lavishly packaged in a glossy gatefold sleeve, with all profits going to Specialized, the organisation which creates musical projects to raise funds for cancer research and support agencies, particularly The Teenage Cancer Trust – http://www.specializedproject.co.uk/
All words by Arash Torabi. More writing by Arash can be found at his Louder Than War author’s archive.