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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Show Me How You Do That Trick

There's a dreamlike quality to The Cure's Just Like Heaven, a 1987 single recorded in the south of France. The instruments come in one by one, the quicktime drums and melodic bass then rhythm guitar, followed by keys and lead guitar, and finally Robert Smith's lyrics and thin vocals, inspired by a trip to Beachy Head with Mary. Smith says it is about 'kissing and fainting to the floor' and that sense of giddy weightlessness crosses over into the music.

Just Like Heaven

Dinosaur Jr's 1989 cover is faster, louder and messier. It still carries the sense of weightlessness but is rooted in small venues, spilt beer and feedback.

Just Like Heaven


C said...

I'd never heard that Dinosaur Jr cover before but it really works. "Rooted in small venues, spilt beer and feedback" - perfect description!

The Swede said...

Both equally fabulous.

JC said...

Great song; equally great cover