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Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before…, Various Artists

reviewed by anna battista

Rejoice all of you Rough Trade fans: it's your favourite labels' 25th birthday and there's a surprise in store for you, an album with covers of some of the coolest Rough Trade bands courtesy of equally cool bands. If Jeffrey Lewis' version of "Part-Time Punks" is a faithful cover of the original by The Television personalities, Mystic Chords of Memory have chopped up Aztec Camera's "We Could Send Letter" here and there, choosing to give more importance to the guitars in it rather than to the lyrics. Honourable mention goes to Royal City who have turned The Strokes' "Is This It" into a gentle folk melody and to Belle & Sebastian electro version of Young Marble Giants' "Final Day".

Including also tracks by The Fall, Scritti Politti, Robert Wyatt and Ivor Cutler (covered by The Fiery Furnaces, The Veils, Elizabeth Fraser and Alasdair Roberts) among others, Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before… contains some of the greatest songs ever written by punk, rock, funk and indie bands and - surprise - there's also a supplementary bonus since this album is only five pounds. Quite a few reasons to celebrate Rough Trade then. Let the party start.


Issue 17, November 2003

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