Wednesday, 15 June 2011

"But you owe me sixpence...": I Don't Owe You Anything (Acoustic) - Sandie Shaw

This is an acoustic version of 'I Don't Owe You Anything' recorded 'live' for a radio show in 1984, and very different from the version put out on record. It features Johnny Marr on acoustic guitar and Andy Rourke on bass, but no drums. (Does it count as a cover if half the original players are on it, philosophers, or is it a bit like the 'original' 17th century broom that's just had a few new handles and heads over the years?) It's a lovely version anyway, worthy of an official release when they get round to that rarities box set, and I hadn't heard it before. There are a couple of changes to the lyrics too - 'two freckles on your lips' - not sure if these are Sandie Shaw's own or copied from Moz.

Whether any or all participants were barefoot during this recording remains shrouded in mystery.

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