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Recently, a patron of one of the events I spin made a critique of me as a DJ that I never play the deep tracks of a particular industrial artist they always request. They went on to say, "I should have requested a COVER by them, THEN you'd play it," admitting they didn't really know if the artist in question had done any covers. Well... they have:

:wumpscut: - All Cried Out (Alison Moyet)

When Alison Moyet and Vince Clark disbanded their synthpop/newwave project Yazoo after only two albums, Moyet went on to a moderately successful solo career, predominantly in the UK. While she is due to release her ninth studio album in about three weeks, her first, Alf, was released in November 1984. Not to be confused with the TV series, ALF, which first aired in 1986, "Alf" was a childhood nickname of the Essex-born songstress. Her label encouraged that she embrace the musical style of acts like Bananarama & Spandau Ballet, who were popular at the time. To that end she worked with their producers Tony Swain & Steve Jolley on the album for a sound a bit more mainstream than her work on Yazoo. All Cried Out was her second single released the month before Alf. Moyet says they wrote the song in about ten minutes on their first day of working together. The single and album were hits in Europe, but didn't quite move in the U.S., hypothetically due in some measure to legal fall out between her and Yazoo's American label, Warner Brothers.

:wumpscut:, the brainchild of German electro-industrial artist Rudy Ratzinger, released his cover of All Cried Out on a bonus disc of new recordings he included on a compilation titled Preferential Tribe in 2003. The comp was effectively a 4 disc re-issue of the 1995 Preferential Legacy, the 1997 Music For A German Tribe, and other select rarities. When asked about his first cover, Ratzinger admits that his interest in the track came not from Moyet directly but first from the 2002 cover by the German pop act No Angels. He's said he's "not a die-hard fan" of No Angels and likes both versions of the track. His own version seems to have much more structurally in common with Moyet's while simultaneously being very different in its approach. He has indicated that this was "a wink" and that it would be "very funny to see the reaction" of those fans who hear it. In a somewhat poorly translated interview it appears that fans had been after him for years to do a cover and his hope was that this wouldn't be dismissed due to its "catchy melodies" that may be distinctive from his usual hard EBM style. Other songs he considered covering are Walking In The Rain by Grace Jones, Lady In Black by Uriah Heep, On The Rebound by Russ Ballard or Love To Love You Baby by Donna Summer. His cover of All Cried Out can also be found on his DJ Dwarf Three and Dwarf Craving v2 compilations.

When I considered that I would eventually spotlight Alison Moyet, I figured it would be to talk about a cover of Yazoo and certainly never expected the cover would be from :wumpscut:, but here we are: an insistent EBM dance version of one of Moyet's earliest hits with her soulful vocals replaced with the raspy growls of a mad man. Times are weird but at least this is the kind of strange I can totally get behind.

The Cover:



The Original:




Next week:
Something to make you wonder. Pretty likely by a woman. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

May 21 - Sisters of Mercy - Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones)
May 14 - Torso - Nijinski [Nijinsky] (Daniel Darc)
May 07 - Faderhead - SexyBack (Justin Timberlake)
Apr 30 - Forevel - It's No Good (Depeche Mode)
Apr 23 - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross w/ Karen O - Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)

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