There is something intrinsically beautiful about a bunch of
punk bands you've never heard of getting together and recording
unique versions of Madonna songs. From her very first
record to more recent tracks, the queen of pop's catalog is
well represented here, and in many places, represented in a
way that may even make the queen swoon a bit. The focus is on
her earlier tracks, which I would have to say have had more
impact on most artists more than her recent William Orbit
produced tracks, and certainly more than her duets with
The Toast lend a reggae dub feel to "Material Girl",
dragging the vocals in a dramatic fashion and maximizing the
potential of one of Madonna's earliest and best hits. "Frozen"
is presented in a very dark rock feel by Doom Kounty Electric
Chair. Think Soundgarden and Big Wreck getting
together and making some tremendous grooves together. "Hanky
Panky" gets the rockabilly treatment from Danny Dean
& The Homewreckers. It's a lively track with everything
you would expect from good rockabilly, but with the additional
flavor of some of Madonna's more pronouncedly ridiculous lyrics.
Lift Off's version of "Ray Of Light" maintains
the smooth character of the original, while adding a bit more
chaos and relying on a more guitar based punk vibe. Wirebox
obviously spent some time studying the great Laibach
version of "Like A Prayer" before making their own
attempt at my most favoritest of Madonna songs. Their track
is filled with keyboard choirs and industrial drumbeats. Think
of it as Laibach-lite.
"Justify My Love" is well represented here by The
Put-On's. They approach a very off rhythm Madonna track
in a very off-kilter style. The rhythms are oddly hypnotic and
the e-bow drone of the guitars only furthers that feeling. The
male/female vocals perfectly compliment this oddly insidious
track. Indie rock rears its emo head on Mega Manics version
of "Live To Tell". It's a downbeat track with off
key vocals and thickly produced guitars. Very nicely done, this
is one of the more natural sounding covers on this record.
Whether you are a fan of Madonna, or just like to discover
some great new bands
or you just want a good laugh
check out The Immaculate Deception. Of course, if you
are in a band yourself, and you've ever sat around drinking
with your bandmates, surely you've thought of things like this
what song would you cover?
1. Burnin' Up - Drag
2. Material Girl - The Toast
3. Frozen - Doom Kounty Electric Chair
4. Into the Groove - Statica
5. Hanky Panky - Danny Dean & The Homewreckers
6. Dress You Up - The Relatives
7. Music/Ray Of Light - Lift Off
8. Bad girl - Cruzer
9. Like A Prayer - Wirebox
10. Justify My Love - The Put-On's
11. Live To Tell - Mega Manic
12. Borderline - The Hoodlumz
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