Saturday, November 27, 2021

John Davis (Superdrag, Lees of Memory) - The Sincerest Form Of Flattery (Choice Covers-1995-2014)

Here's a quick one (or at least a quick write-up anyway) before the eight night of Chanukah get underway.  In 2018 I posted a collection of covers (mostly Beatles) by a guy going under the alias of Johnny Flame.  That gentleman was actually John Davis of Superdrag and Lees of Memory renown. Not long ago he bundled some of these songs along with several other covers into a collection, The Sincerest Form Of Flattery available on Bandcamp. Unfortunately it was removed for some reason unbeknownst to me, but I was able to secure a download of it and pass it along to you. Among these 24 "choice" nuggets are not merely Beatles covers, but renditions of tunes by Big Star, Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Prince, Guided by Voices, and the Beach Boys along with a few others. In the folder you'll find which of Davis' assorted projects or aliases that each of the songs are credited to (usually Johnny Flame or his actual name). Some really intriguing takes here, and an absolute must if you're a Superdrag fan. Enjoy.

01. Yer Blues
02. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
03. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
04. Beginning To See The Light
05. Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey
06. S. Soup
07. Take Me With U
08. What'cha Gonna Do About It?
09. The Ballad Of El Goodo
10. September Gurls
11. Never Understand
12. When You Sleep
13. Three-Dee Melodie
14. What You Want It To Be
15. I'll Be Back (Chopped & Screwed)
16. If I Fell (Chopped & Screwed)
17. If I Fell (Record Speed)
18. Tractor Rape Chain
19. Destination Paradise
20. Cross Road Blues
21. Henry Lee
22. Theme From "Twin Peaks"
23. Surf's Up
24. Strawberry Fields Forever


lucky said...

You don't see many people covering Stereolab. Thanks!

JoeM.Jackson1963 said...

Is it possible to re-up that post from 2018? Would love to hear it! M.

Pernt said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this one. I'm a huge Superdrag fan, but I had no idea this existed. Can't wait to listen!

spavid said...

You're welcome folks. I just updated the original Johnny Flame link.

JoeM.Jackson1963 said...

Great! Thank you very much! M.

Unknown said...

The version of this album that I have has a 25th track - That Means A Lot (2-18-15). Discogs shows a 26th track Helter Skelter (9-14-15).