First of the shorter entries that will be posted daily over the next 15 days. Which is a bit of a shame because I could write about this track all day. And all night.
Katzenjammers take Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ and twist and turn it into a funky, environmentally friendly version. Played by a steel band. Inevitable I hear you say. Another example of the cover-version-bringing-a-smile-to-your-face-like-no-original-recording-ever-can-do is what I’d say. I want this played at my funeral.
This, from their Facebook page, tells you everything else you need to know: ‘Katjenjammers Steel Orchestra, the pride of Black Rock in Tobago, is 58 years old. Formed in 1951 under a mango tree which still stands on the road to Fort Bennette, the band celebrated its 50th birthday in 2001 and continues a tradition of providing musical tuition and employment for its youth. Among today’s players are the children and grandchildren of the founders who did indeed play for Queen Elizabeth in 1955′. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Originally available as a 7″ single but long gone. Now available on the Rough Trade compilation ‘Counter Culture 2005′, which bizarrely seems not to be available at Rough Trade but is at: Amazon