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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies:
a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
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It's a Third Sunday Throwback edition. In May I featured a modern cover of the preeminent signature goth song by Bauhaus. And if you've any familiarity with their catalog it's likely you've encountered or even own their version of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust. However, this week on our trip into the 20th century we're taking a look at one of their less prominent tributes:

Bauhaus - Rosegarden Funeral of Sores (John Cale of Velvet Underground)

John Cale left Velvet Underground near the end of the sixties, beginning his solo career in 1970. After six studio albums he released a live album, Sabotage, in 1979. In early half of 1980, he released its third single, Mercenaries (Ready for War) which featured Rosegarden Funeral of Sores on the b-side. Sources say that the a-side track on this single is actually a studio version and not live, despite its liner notes stating otherwise. Rosegarden was later included on the 1999 re-issue of Sabotage.

It took no time for Rosegarden to inspire Bauhaus to cover the track, releasing their version of it in late half of 1980 as a b-side on the 12" version of the Telegram Sam single (itself a cover of the song by T-Rex.)

In truth, there's not much difference between the two versions outside of those distinctive to Peter Murphy's and John Cale's voices, the original being a little rougher around the edges, and Bauhaus somehow making its bluesy bass backbone and its sauntering gait just a bit more spooky by slowing the tempo ever so slightly. While overall loyal to the original, comparative to the other covers they've done, this one is far more thematically appropriate for Bauhaus than the rest.

The Cover:


The Original:


Next week:
Pressed for time due to some personal projects and the upcoming Octoberween celebrations, I'll feature another Fourth Sunday Familiar... but of course if you've never heard it then it'll be new to you and you'll get to enjoy why it may be familiar to others. (Also there were multiple requests for it at my last gig so nigh time I reviewed it here.)

Comments, suggestions, discussions, etc... welcome!

Speaking of Octoberween, I've got three gigs on my schedule for next month. Click through for details, links, etc... Feel free to join any you can! ^_^

Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Sep 11 - Placebo - Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)
Sep 04 - Azar Swan - Broken English (Marianne Faithfull)
Aug 28 - Sexwitch - Ghoroobaa Ghashangan (Originally Gönül Dağı by Neşet Ertaş)
Aug 21 - Echo and the Bunnymen - People Are Strange (The Doors)
Aug 14 - Noblesse Oblige - Hotel California (Eagles)

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