One of the highlights of Coachella last weekend was Arcade Fire inviting Debbie Harry up on stage for a special rendition of ‘Heart of Glass’ at Coachella. It was one of those rare moments when a live version trumps its studio recording. And it got us thinking - what other live tracks show up their original versions?
It’s been 20 years since the release of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ eighth album, ‘Let Love In’, a record notable not just for Nick’s slicked back mullet on the cover, but for the way he faultlessly treads the line between poet and pervert. Featuring ‘Red Right Hand’, which has been covered by everyone from Arctic Monkeys to FIDLAR, the LP's status as a classic is uncontested.
This week on NME.com we've been asking readers for the records that changed their lives. Every music fan has a record that impacted them so profoundly they can't imagine their life without - and musicians themselves are no different. Here's Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on his, Gravediggaz' brilliant hip-hop trip, '6 Feet Deep'... I first heard '6 Feet Deep' in the fall of 1997 from my older brother Joel.
Put Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’ on a slow motion horseback gallop through the set of a spaghetti western and you’ve got ‘West Coast’, the first single from Lana Del Rey’s much-anticipated second album. Having named the record ‘Ultraviolence’, you’d be forgiven for expecting Clockwork Orange malevolence and grand orchestral rumbles, a la Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian film classic. Instead, the LA’s singer’s return is a breathy, hip-moving blues grind.
Ten minutes before Muse come on and we’re worried things are going to take a turn for the Stone Roses. Last year at Coachella Ian Brown and co. played a headline set on the main stage to possibly the smallest festival crowd we’ve ever seen, and the sparse field looks like it might be cursed for British headliners. Yet with five minutes to go – and Pharrell now off the neighbouring stage – things get busy. Fast. Muse are still the world’s favourite dystopian rock and roll circus band. Here’s five things we learned during their set.