June 04, 2006

Going Down To Liverpool

Hearing The Bangles doing Katrina And The Wave's "Going Down To Liverpool" again after all these years: this bright sunny enjoyable Californian reworking of a song about unemployment, grey skies, 1980's England — did they miss the point, or is it just another of those fruitful reworkings that criss-cross the Atlantic all the time (like 10,000 Maniacs' version of "Every Day's Like Sunday" — did they know what "Sunday" might imply to Britons of Morrisey's era)?

"I'm going down to Liverpool to do nothing... all the days of my life". "I'm going down to Liverpool with a UB40 in my hand…". Goes with all those palm trees in sunny Kirkby, I guess.


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