This one's a live cover, so it really doesn't count. LA has an insanely
fun monthly glam club called Makeup, and the theme this month was "Oh My
There were tribute performances to quite a few bands, but the Banshees
tribute was done by some tall, skinny gal dressed in layers of black
veils with her long, curly Cher hair in a banana clip. She was spinning
around the whole time like a belly dancer. Her voice wasn't bad, and she
did remember most of the words to "Cities in Dust," but she wasn't very
Siouxsie-esque at all, which was a disappointment after the Bauhaus
tribute -- the guy(?) doing Peter Murphy looked and sounded an awful lot
like Bauhaus-era Murphy.
The above was completely forgiven after Jane Weidlin (the cutest Go-Go)
was introduced: "We know you're all wondering what the hell Jane's doing
here on goth night... Well, she's decided to show you the dark side of
The Go-Gos." She took the stage in a floor-length black print kimono
with a corset over it. She wore a green geisha frightwig with a bunch of
chopsticks sticking out of it, and on her face was painted a perfect
recreation of early-'80s Siouxsie makeup, also in green. She sang "Happy
House," which segued into "Kiss Them for Me." Jane's voice is definitely
"girlier" than Sioux's, but she did a much better job of mimicry than
the aforementioned belly dancing babe, who had a very deep voice. Jane
didn't overdo it in the movement department, either: She remained mostly
stationary at the mic, staring down the crowd, but did let out the
occasional appropriate jumps and hand arabesques. Jane was a little LA
punk chick back in the '80s, so it makes sense that she would be a fan.
I was rapt. Jane's little tribute definitely did the Banshees justice,
and it was a great warm-up for next week, when I'll once again be
sittin' back and enjoying the Real McCoy!
Also on the covers tip: It's been mentioned several times before, but
Shirley Manson of Garbage has been known to slip verses of Banshees
tunes (especially "Drop Dead/Celebration") into their live sets. I'm
surprised Garbage hasn't recorded a Banshees cover, as they've been
putting other "classic" covers (e.g. The Jam's "Butterfly Collector"
and Big Star's "Thirteen," which never fails to reduce me to a pile of
mush) on b-sides for years.
And, by the way, the Massive Attack instrumental b-side built around a
sample of "Metal Postcard" is called "Superpredators." It's on the
soundtrack to the Bruce Willis stinker "The Jackal," in case y'all ever
come across that album in a cutout bin.
> Have their been any Banshees covers other than the ones on Cleopatra's
> tribute album? I mean covers by real bands? No disrespect meant to the
> artists featured on 'Reflections In The Looking Glass', but that
> was in general very substandard, as we've noted on this list many
> times. I
> recall Tricky's (Nearly God) version of "Tattoo" and someone else
> "Metal Postcard", but that's about it.
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