What does it sound like?:
A strange collaboration between these two figureheads of the punk years, now both elder statesmen in their sixties.
This is an album designed to pay tribute to a selection of favourite songs from their youth, covering mainly the late fifties and early sixties. Thus you get tunes as diverse as Macarthur Park (featuring Tull’s Ian Anderson on flute!) and Spanish Harlem, not to mention The Beatles’ She’s A Woman and the old classic Love Potion Number 9.
Cornwell sticks to the guitar, leaving Cooper Clarke to take care of the vocals, which he handles very adeptly. He, perhaps surprisingly, has a very decent singing voice and these are straight cover versions, faithful to the originals, with not a spoken word to be heard.
What does it all *mean*?
It’s a pleasant listen without being particularly earth shattering, an homage to their musical youth.
Goes well with…
A night in with mates and drinks, a bit of a sing along!
Might suit people who like…
Cover versions, artists trying something a bit outside their usual comfort zone.