Back after a short break to allow for Christmas and the added complications my sister and I are currently dealing with – our mother having recently been admitted to a care home, supposedly on a temporary basis….
Perhaps not the best time to start a blog, but it does at least take my mind off things.
The latest Discover Weekly landed on Boxing Day morning, but I’ve only just looked at it, and specifically at the 26th song on the list, Boxing Day being the 26th December and all that.
My initial thought was along the lines of “Oh, bother – that’s just trampled all over another piece I was going to write in a forthcoming series”. The Spotify algorithm is good I have to say – picking up on things I like, without me having obviously demonstrated any liking for it on that platform.
Mrs TGG and I both like Prince. We actually attended the same Prince gig at Maine Road, Manchester, a couple of years before we became aware of each other’s existence. However, there’s no question that one of us is more favourably disposed towards the track at #26 on this week’s Discover Weekly. And that will be me.
For the uninitiated, Hindu Love Gods was a one-off project featuring R.E.M. and the late Warren Zevon. The story goes that these recordings came about after some alcohol had been consumed in the small hours and everyone started playing some cover versions. Including this. It’s a cut above the average covers band, with Zevon snarling out a vocal as only he could.
I’m not the world’s biggest fan of cover versions, it has to be said. For me, what is absolutely key is that the act doing the cover should make the song their own, and that certainly happens here.
Not previously playlisted, I’ve added it to my Should Have Been A Hit? playlist – I can’t see any evidence of it hitting the Charts in any territory where it was released.
The forthcoming series I referred to is The Cassette Albums, of which more in the coming days. My (re)appraisal of the one and only Hindu Love Gods album may now have to wait a little.
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