New Double-Sided Alien Skin Single January 2014!
I have begun 2014 with my first double sided single release for the year.... Be My Baby backed with Simon & Garfunkel. The double sided single format, 2 songs for the price of one, is available only at Bandcamp, all other retailers including iTunes will only distribute the A side.
Side A : Be My Baby
Side B : Simon & Garfunkel
Be My Baby, the original Phil Spector produced classic from 1963 performed by The Ronettes, has been a favourite record of mine for over 40 years. I first heard the song on the radio as a contemporary hit in 1970, but sung by Andy Kim (vocalist from The Archies cartoon TV show). I was unaware it was actually a 7 year old cover till I later discovered The Ronettes original. The song, with its gorgeous yearning melody & lyric, invaded and occupied my young senses like little else & I was just at the right age to be overcome by its blissful & youthful magic. The elated beauty of the melody sung on top of an early 60s chord pattern, complete with lamenting lyrics, won me over all those years ago. Full credit goes to songwriters Elle Greenwich & husband Jeff Barry, together with Phil Spector's production.
Last year, as I was considering a cover to record, I went through a few song ideas and then, bingo, I remembered 'Be My Baby'. My intention was always to reinterpret any cover song I do so that the resulting recording would be easily identifiable as Alien Skin, similar to my cover of Kraftwerk's 'The Model'.
Simon & Garfunkel, the B side, is thematically related to 'Be My Baby' as it occupies, for me, the same time frame as the later. Being my first ever musical love, the songs and recordings of Simon & Garfunkel (1965-1970) have always been an important influence, both as a music fan and song writer. My very first record purchase was of Simon & Garfunkel. "...it was the first LP I ever owned" in the lyric references a compilation LP album released in Australia circa 1970. Also in the lyric I remember the name of my first serious crush during that same period, her name was.... Although I no longer have the 12 inch record I recall its cover jacket, but try as I have, I can not find a single reference to it anywhere online; it was probably only released locally at the time.
These 2 tracks then, with a commonality that locks them firmly together, are combined into my first Alien Skin release of 2014; they can both be heard on my Bandcamp Player. Hope you enjoy them as well!