Friday, April 17, 2020

Song of the Day: "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin"/"Love Will Tear Us Apart" by the The Reckless Drifters

OK, this was a little tough to untangle but here goes it: The Reckless Drifters appear to be a revolving set of notable musicians who periodically get together for an ongoing country/punk covers project with a twist: classic country songs get punked up while punk and alternative classics get the country treatment. 

This latest pair of genre-bending tracks, a revved-up version of Ernest Tubb's "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" and a country-tinged version of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," features a trio of returning Reckless Drifters from the group's debut release -- singer John Easdale and guitarist Mark Englert, both from Dramarama, along with bassist Sylvain de Muizon from Miss Derringer. And this time around, the gang is joined by drummer Clem Burke and guitarist Frank Infante of Blondie fame, Annette Zilinskas from the Bangles and Blood on the Saddle, and popular L.A. songstress Beck Black to form a truly impressive array of talents.

Though many folks may already be familiar with Ernest Tubb's original version of "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" and Joy Division's original version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart," it's safe to assume that no one's ever heard them quite like this before. And both songs take on a surprisingly fresh life when presented in a whole new context!


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