Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard These Songs Before. Please Please Please originally appeared as a double CD in 2011, and due to high demand is now available as a double vinyl set in limited quantities. I didn’t recognize any of these bands, but was eager to check it out as the prospect of hearing Morrissey’s songs sung by someone other than Morrissey was enticing (his voice isn’t exactly easy on the ears all the time, but it’s hard to beat Johnny Marr’s guitar playing). Then, as I listened, I realized I knew some of these acts: Sixpence None The Richer, who turn in a cover of Strangeways coda “I Won’t Share You,” and Katy Goodman aka Kickball Katy of La Sera and Vivian Girls, who turns in a xanned-out rendition of Meat Is Murder uptempo highlight “What She Said.” Chikita Violenta’s cut marries two things I love: “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” and drum & bass (didn’t see that one coming). The highlights are the ones with girls singing (is it because it sounds so good to hear a girl exuding the same sort of misery & longing as Moz, or because I just can’t bear to hear another dude spitting these lyrics?); Sara Lov nails the vibe on sad AF “Well I Wonder,” also check Trespassers William doing “There Is A Light,” Tanya Donelly’s “Shoplifters Of The World,” Elk City’s “I Know It’s Over” and Girl In A Coma (influenced by The Smiths much?) doing “Rubber Ring.” A good entry point for someone who wants to enjoy The Smiths’ splendidly maudlin catalog of dreary songs but just can’t get into Mozzer’s voice (i.e. me 15 years ago; I got over it). American Laundromat totally nailed the sleeve art; this fits nicely on the shelf with the rest of your Smiths records. Powder blue colored vinyl housed in gatefold sleeve, digital download included, one-time pressing of 500 copies and then it’s gone.
- powder blue colored vinyl, one-time pressing
- double vinyl pressing
- previously CD-only, remastered for vinyl
- dual gatefold sleeve
- 500 copies pressed
- digital download included
- music label: American Laundromat Records 2017
reviewed by This Charming Man 07/2017
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