*New Music* My Version of Bob Dylan’s “Visions of Johanna”

201. Bob Dylan 2

This week’s new music is my version of Bob Dylan’s epic “Visions of Johanna”:


Visions of Johanna 

Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we’re all doin’ our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin’ you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

In the empty lot where the ladies play blind man’s bluff with the key chain
And the all night girls, they whisper of escapades out on the “D” train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it’s him or them that’s really insane
Louise, she’s all right, she’s just near
She’s delicate and seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna’s not here
The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place

Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
And when bringing her name up, he speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He’s sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all
Muttering small talk at the wall while I’m in the hall
How can I explain? Oh, it’s so hard to get on
And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn

Inside the museums, infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues, you can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, “Jeez, I can’t find my knees”
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna they make it all seem so cruel

The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain

Written Bob Dylan

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*New Music* My Version of The Beatles’ “I’m So Tired”

200. John in bed

Today’s new music is a Beatles’ track taken from their White Album. This is my – slightly different – version of  “I’m So Tired”:


I’m So Tired

I’m so tired, I haven’t slept a wink
I’m so tired, my mind is on the blink
I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink
No,no,no

I’m so tired I don’t know what to do
I’m so tired my mind is set on you
I wonder should I call you but I know what you would do

You’d say I’m putting you on
But it’s no joke, it’s doing me harm
You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain
You know it’s three weeks, I’m going insane
You know I’d give you everything I’ve got
For a little peace of mind

I’m so tired, I’m feeling so upset
Although I’m so tired I’ll have another cigarette
And curse Sir Walter Raleigh
He was such a stupid git

You’d say I’m putting you on
But it’s no joke, it’s doing me harm
You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain
You know it’s three weeks, I’m going insane
You know I’d give you everything I’ve got
For a little peace of mind
I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind
I’d give you everything I’ve got for a little peace of mind

Written by Lennon/McCartney

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*New Music* My Version of The Cure’s “Catch”

199. The Cure

Today’s new music is a bit of an obscure one (unless you’re a Cure fan!). A little-known album track that I’ve always liked, taken from the album “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”. This is “Catch”:


Catch

Yes I know who you remind me of
A girl I think I used to know
Yes I’d see her when the day got colder
On those days when it felt like snow
You know I even think that she stared like you
She used to just stand there and stare
And roll her eyes right up to heaven
And make like I just wasn’t there
And she used to fall down a lot
That girl was always falling
Again and again
And I used to sometimes try to catch her
But I never even caught her name
And sometimes we would spend the night
Just rolling about on a floor
And I remember
Even though it felt soft at the time
I always used to wake up soreYou know I even think that she smiled like you
She used to just stand there and smile
And her eyes would go all sort of far away
And stay like that for quite a while

And I remember she used to fall down a lot
That girl was always falling
Again and again
And I used to sometimes try to catch her
But I never even caught her name

Yes I sometimes even tried to catch her
But I never even caught her name

Written by Robert Smith
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New Music: My Version of The Carpenters’ “All You Get from Love Is a Love Song”

194. The Carpenters

We’re continuing with the ’70s Southern Californian theme this week. This is my version of The Carpenters’ “All You Get from Love Is a Love Song”:


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New Music: My Version of “It Never Rains In Southern California”

193. Albert Hammond

I’ve got lots of new music coming this month on “The Rant” and it’s all got a ’70s Southern Californian flavour. Starting with this Albert Hammond tune, this is my version of “It Never Rains In Southern California”:


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New Artist Monday – Philharmongrel

190. Phil1

As most regular readers will know, I’m a big believer in supporting independent musicians (given that I am one myself!). So, in the absence of “New Music Monday”, I’ve decided to start featuring some independent musicians on “New Artist Monday”. The first band is an Irish seven-piece called Philharmongrel. If you’re looking for an easy label, they could be called “Math Rock” (think Battles’ “Atlas”). And they’re very good. I spoke to guitarist Michael Patterson to find out more.

“Philharmongrel is actually made up of 2 bands. Kill Goliath and Secrecy of State. In 2012 we went on tour to Greece together as separate bands with the view to just playing some gigs. But while we were out there we had a couple of gigs cancelled at the last minute … there were a lot of riots in Greece during that period of time. So we had a bit of downtime and were offered a bit of free recording. Initially we were going to record a song each and do some sort of split tour single, but it turned out that we wrote a song together with everyone playing on it. It was a bit of an experiment really, two drummers, two bass players three guitarists and three vocals. As it happens the result was surprisingly good, and we all really enjoyed the process. We then used the last day of down time to film a video to go with the song, all very impromptu and fun. The video turned out great too.”

 “By the end of the tour we had a new song together and a music video, John one of our Drummers came up with the idea of making the project a going concern and had the idea for the project name Philharmongrel.”

 “Since then we have all been enjoying the project so much that we are now officially a band in our own right, even though both previous bands still exist, albeit on hiatus. We have three songs recorded now which form part of our upcoming album (four more songs in the process of being recorded). We released the video for Falling Man on Wednesday to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11 due to the subject matter.”

192. Phil3

“Our plan is to release a 7 track LP in early 2014, and we will be gigging in the UK and Ireland to support the release. A total of five shows, specifically handpicked and promoted properly, taking the approach of less is more even though in the music more is more!”

 You can watch the video for “Sitting Pretty are Ugly Things” here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcqnK7ZyhtQ

and download “Falling Man” here:

http://philharmongrel.bandcamp.com/track/falling-man

The Final New Music Monday – New Original Song “Home”

180. Home

Hell yeah…it’s the final New Music Monday! Once again, I want to thank everyone who’s taken the time to listen to my musical offerings over the past two years and 100 songs. There’ll be lots of new music still to come on the “Rant” so I hope you’ll stick around. In the meantime, I’m finishing as I started – with an original song. This is a brand new song – “Home”:


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New Music Monday – My Mash-up of The Pogue’s “Haunted” & The Who’s “Baba O’ Riley”

ThePogues          The Who

Hell yeah…it’s the penultimate New Music Monday! This week, it’s my mash-up of The Pogue’s “Haunted” & The Who’s “Baba O’ Riley”:


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Haunted/Baba O’ Riley

Do you remember that sunny day?
Somewhere in London
In the middle of nowhere
Didn’t have nothing to do that day
Didn’t wanna do nothing anyway

You got a way of walking
You got a way of talking
And there’s something about you
And now I know I never ever
Want to be without you

I want to be haunted by the ghost
I want to be haunted by the ghost
I want to be haunted by the ghost
I want to be haunted by the ghost
Of your precious love
Of your precious love

Out here in the fields
I farm for my meals
I get my back into my living

I don’t need to fight
To prove I’m right
I don’t need to be forgiven

Teenage wasteland
It’s just teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland
Oh, yeah
It’s teenage wasteland

The first time I saw you,
Standing in the street
You were so cool,
You could have put out Vietnam
My girlfriends ask me, “What’s she like?”
I say, “She’s kind of shy,
But that’s the kind of guy I am,
I’m her kind of guy”

I want to be haunted by the ghost
I want to be haunted by the ghost
I want to be haunted by the ghost
I want to be haunted by the ghost
Of your precious love
Of your precious love

Teenage wasteland
It’s just teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland
Oh, yeah
It’s teenage wasteland

‘Haunted’ written by Shane MacGowan

‘Baba O’ Riley’ written by Pete Townsend

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