…or rather, ‘Sweet Jane’.
Many, many bands have covered this song. it’s a great warm-up number and I have vague memories of seeing Hello Sailor use it as a set opener back sometimes during one of their mid-80s incarnations.
It’s got a chugging basicness, a riff which kind of pulls you in.
I’ve always loved the Mott the Hoople version. I think it’s my favourite one, although the Cowboy Junkies and Lone Justice run it close.
Not to mention, of course, the original, on Lou Reed’s final album with the Velvet Underground.
Mott the Hoople’s big hit, All the Young Dudes, was written by David Bowie, and he produced them in 1972.
This demo track seems to have been a warmup number in the studio, that year, and they are backing the man who actually wrote Sweet Jane, Lou Reed.
The recording quality is a bit fuzzy but you can hear the zest and verve in the playing.
For Keith Richards’ birthday tomorrow. Honoured as one of the great bad asses of all time. Even those of us who, when it comes to bad-assery in our own lives, manage only an occasional miscreant mule-ishness, venerate Keef.
But at one point he was also a bit of a hippie. This was one of the songs he wrote for the ‘Stones. Even named his daughter after it, some years later.
Oh, and Marianne Faithful was gorgeous.
I think there’s only one appropriate song for the English Rugby team after the 33-13 loss to the Aussies and its this.
So far as I know its the only rock song to mention rugby** specifically, and the lines
Back in the scrum
On a wet afternoon
Down in the mud
Dreaming of flowers in June…
…seem very right for today.
From the Kinks, mid-1960s. A fairly obscure, if rather lovely, album track. Apparently Ray Davies wrote this the same time he wrote the hit ‘Sunny Afternoon’ – after a complete mental crack up when he’d shoved his money in his sock, run down Denmark Street in London and tried to assault his manager, which strikes me as a marvellously Goon-ish way to behave.
**UPDATE: Keir Leslie has pointed out to me, on Twitter, there’s also the Jam’s ‘Eton Rifles’. Can’t believe I’d forgotten that one – much more my era than this one, and besides, I’ve only recently bought the remastered ‘Setting Sons’.