Sung by Cait O’Riordan, who sounds a lot like Belinda Carlisle to me. Fun facts: she played bass in The Pogues for 3 years, she and Elvis Costello were married for 16 years, and “Fairytale of New York” was originally supposed to be sung by her and Shane MacGowan but she left the band before recording it. Kirsty MacColl’s iconic vocal track on Fairytale was originally intended to be just a guide vocal until they found another singer, but the demo was so good they asked her to do the final recording, too.
Interestingly, Ana Hausen the person was kicked out of her own eponymous band before this was recorded, and this singer is actually a May Matisse. The shake-up was allegedly because Ana’s voice was too hoarse to sing on the one day they had in the studio, due to debauchery the night before, and everyone else was ticked off.
This sounded like a folktale to me, but the back of the 7” is pretty solid evidence of its truthiness:
Celia & The Mutations - Mony Mony  [Cover: Tommy James & The Shondells]
Here comes Celia & The Mutations, aka an English singer named Celia [surname something; mysterious; conflicting reports] fronting a pseudonymous version of The Stranglers, to cut this one 7” that surfaced in late 1977. Radio stations played this track with great interest and excitement about what they’d do next, but they didn’t do anything next. Celia released another 7” with a different band and it flopped, and that was that.
A Sounds review at the time by Chas de Whalley described Celia and this cover this way: “…declaiming the old bubblerock hit with such poise and elegance she might have knocked Tommy James out of his dinner jacket…feed these creatures a piece of late Sixties acid schmaltz and they’d take all Tony Blackburn’s preconceptions about golden oldies by the scruff of the neck and fling ‘em right into the seething mass on the Nashville’s pogo floor.”
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends - Whip The Blankets 
this is the song where i italicize the last word and add an exclamation point at the end of every line! that’s just the kind of song it is.
Well it’s hot in the yard! And it’s cool in the bed! And I’ll whip the blankets into cotton thread! And I’ll tear all the carpet up over my head! ‘Til my feet can go right through the basement!
Well you play so surprised by what you have found! But I heard you coming from way across town! So let’s get to getting to burning it down! And the fire, it’s spreading like madness!
‘Cause I’m steeped in this pleasure! I’ve snapped from my tether! That the nation may vibrate apart! And you lead me again to the back of the line! And we’ll work our way slow to the start!
Well the dishes are broken and the kitchen’s a mess! I’m trapped in the door! Why don’t you make me confess! ‘Cause it’s base and delicious! To just keep you guessin’! What ether it is that ignites me!
‘Cause I’m steeped in this pleasure! I’ve snapped from my tether! That the nation may vibrate apart! And you lead me again to the back of the line! And we’ll work our way slow to the start! Yes we’ll work our way slow to the start!
Well instinct is dirty and morality’s clean! And we’re bound for damnation say those magazines! Well to hell with the sorrow and watered-down scenes! We’ll burn us a bridge straight to heaven!
‘Cause I’m steeped in this pleasure! I’ve snapped from my tether! That the nation may vibrate apart! And you lead me again to the back of the line! And we’ll work our way slow to the start! Yes we’ll work our way slow to the start! Yes we’ll work our way slow to the start!
Grass Widow - Time Keeps Time [Cover: Neo Boys] 
I can’t remember if I posted this before?, but it bears repeating if I did. I believe K Records is planning to reissue the original 1982 Neo Boys record where this song was born. It will be glorious and you should buy it.
This band and I just ran into each other again yesterday, after years of going our separate ways. It totally caught me off guard but now we are rekindling our romance and picking up exactly where we left off. It’s true love.
I wish I could post an entire playlist of their best songs here for you. But instead I will post just this one, and also link to the song I posted in 2010, and also here are some videos I found on youtube:
here is an exciting rare track from sleater-kinney, never released, no studio version that exists as far as i know. this was recorded at a live show at a tiny record store in 1996. i like imagining what this song would’ve sounded like in the studio.
and this is a great opportunity to post this video, which i’m sure i’ve posted before, because it’s one of my all-time favorite things ever in life. sleater-kinney playing a KILLER live version of “be yr mama” at punk prom, gilman street, 1997. i saw them play for the first time ever just 2 weeks after this show.
last night screaming females played a show at ladyfest philadelphia and they played this old song, which is one of my top 3 favorites of theirs, and which i was shocked (shocked!) to hear them play. i largely freaked out and did the vertical dancing thing i do mostly involving my neck and a complete disregard for anything else in the world except the sound and the feeling of the sound. i was standing in the back, on the side, not in a place where the people around me were moving much, but it did not matter. it was a lost-self moment and it is exactly why i go to shows. always searching for that moment. so glad it was discovered there last night.
and look at this picture of marissa paternoster playing a killer guitar solo while crowdsurfing. yup.
somehow, this is an electrelane song that i had never heard until yesterday. and it is definitely one of their best. i can’t stop listening to it. the lyrics are spectacular. my favorite kind of protest song is the kind that explores the emotional/psychological reasons behind war-making. so good. i don’t usually post lyrics here but i just have to right now:
big alliance. for the fourteenth time. take you on. 'cause you're strong.
bigger love. it’s the hating kind. we’re not interested in your difference. we like to be deflective.
my gun is bigger than yours. my tank goes faster than yours. my missile’s turning me on. my weapon makes me feel strong.
bang bang bang. do you wanna see my gun? well come on. we’ll resist, we’ll resist. but let you take control.
but if they say that is so, is that the way you will go? and if you thought it was wrong, would you still follow along?
they’re building walls tonight. they’re building walls tonight. ain’t it cold, ain’t it cold, ain’t it cold, where you empty your soul? there’ll be a war tonight. there’ll be a war tonight.
Link Wray & His Wray Men - Hang On [Instrumental] 
one of the best moments of my california trip — and there were SO MANY GOOD MOMENTS — was when i drove down the highway and realized my ipod was playing songs in alphabetical order, not shuffle, and i decided to see what would happen. it was fantastic. i completely lost my shit to this link wray song, windows down, seat-dancing, wheel-thumping, and i can’t stop listening to it ever since. i must dance to this someplace loud and free and sweaty. soon.
anyway, i loved how these songs sounded together, so i threw them onto an 8tracks mix. enjoy:
i NEVER post things i come up with on guitar. EVER. i don’t even listen back to them or share them with anyone, usually. BUT, i’m trying to get less protective (read: terrified, humilified, etc.) about “creative” stuff i release into the wild. see? i can’t even say “creative” without using self-conscious quotes. anyway, if i am serious about pushing myself out of my comfort zone, then it means doing something like this at least once. it’s like jumping off the cliff and into the quarry.
Menster Phip & The Phipsters - Daddy Wants A Cold Beer 
i made a mix for a friend filled with early rockabilly, protopunk, home recordings, outsiders, and other unclassifiable stuff from 50s/60s. if you like menster phip, go dig the rest of it on 8tracks, or maybe right here if this embed code works right:
walk around outside at night while listening to this track and you will feel like you are in a slick hollywood movie and you are the main character, you are internet’s ryan gosling, you are d’angelo, blanche devereaux, margo channing, bibi mcgill. you are sensational! you have had so many fantastic nights and you are going to have another one today! you already are!