This could well be the week that I finally manage to alienate the few hardy souls who have stuck with this series thus far as I serve up not only Lilly Allen but cover versions of two stonewall classics.
Let's get Lily out the way first. I quite like Alfie a song she wrote criticizing the lazy behavious of her little brother. Hey it includes a sample from Sandie Shaw's Puppet on a String so it can't be all bad
Lily Allen - Alfie
Watching the Detectives was the first song by Elvis Costello that I ever heard and the first one I ever purchased. To this day it remains one of my top five favourites by him
I've never heard of or heard anything else by Los Angeles band Phantom Planet although I read that their song California became the theme song for the TV series The O.C.
This is a reasonably passable version which stays pretty close to the original
Phantom Planet - Watching the Detectives
The same can't really be said of the version of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra.
This is the nom de plume of Norwegian singer Susanna Karolina Wallumrød and her keyboard player Morten Qvenild
A version which appeared on both Grey's Anatomy and Skins and one which may have Joy Division fans wringing their hands and quite possibly my throat
Susanna & the Magical Orchestra - Love Will Tear Us Apart
More assorted nonsense next Wednesday - if I last that long!