susanna hoffs + matthew sweet = sid 'n' susie

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they've recorded an album of '60s covers which sounds like exactly the kind of completely unnecessary bit of dream-pop regurgitation that i will love unabashedly.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 27 February 2006 18:53 (seventeen years ago) link

track listing:

1. I See The Rain (The Marmalade)
2. And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles)
3. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan)
4. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (Fairport Convention)
5. Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young And Crazy Horse)
6. Alone Again Or (Love)
7. Warmth Of The Sun (The Beach Boys)
8. Different Drum (The Stone Poneys)
9. The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
10. Sunday Morning (The Velvet Underground)
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young And Crazy Horse)
12. Care Of Cell ..44 (The Zombies)
13. Monday Monday (The Mamas And The Papas)
14. She May Call You Up Tonight (The Left Banke)
15. Run To Me (The Bee Gees)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 27 February 2006 18:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Ohmigod, I want this. I know that I shouldn't, and it will rot my teeth, but still. I want this.

Boris and the Johnsons (kate), Monday, 27 February 2006 18:59 (seventeen years ago) link

this appeals to my extremely gross side.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Monday, 27 February 2006 19:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Wow, the songs on myspace sounds goods.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Monday, 27 February 2006 19:03 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah their voices work well together.

i am so buying this.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 27 February 2006 19:08 (seventeen years ago) link

this is great. i demand a video.

willem -- (willem), Monday, 27 February 2006 20:32 (seventeen years ago) link

great news! outrageous news! cherry news!

hairy derek, Monday, 27 February 2006 20:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Her Lightning Seeds cover ain't half bad either...

rogermexico (rogermexico), Monday, 27 February 2006 21:16 (seventeen years ago) link

"Sunday Morning" doesn't really work, I feel. That song needs tension and that's what's missing in this version. "Run To Me" and "And Your Bird Can Sing" are awesome, though.

willem -- (willem), Monday, 27 February 2006 22:28 (seventeen years ago) link

in the promo photo of the two he looks like Uncle Fester with shades

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Monday, 27 February 2006 23:04 (seventeen years ago) link

M. Matos, contributing vital nuggets of wisdom to ILM since 2001

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Monday, 27 February 2006 23:04 (seventeen years ago) link

Left Banke cover looks promising.

Cunga (Cunga), Monday, 27 February 2006 23:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I want this.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 27 February 2006 23:38 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
this is good

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 17:27 (seventeen years ago) link


Huk-L (Huk-L), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 17:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Sweet + Hoffs (+ Paul Chastain!) on Leno tonight

Jeff Wright (JeffW1858), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 17:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Saw em at SXSW. Hoffs n' Sweet harmonize so well. Ric Menck was on drums too.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 18:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Part of me wishes they'd recorded it under the "Ming Tea" moniker, don't know why. But including the Marmalade and the Left Banke delights me. Maybe for Volume II they can do some Amen Corner!

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Wednesday, 19 April 2006 18:49 (seventeen years ago) link


Kim (Kim), Thursday, 20 April 2006 01:41 (seventeen years ago) link

must. buy. album. aaaagggh.

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 April 2006 04:46 (seventeen years ago) link

Okay, the Leno performance ("Cinnamon Girl") was alright. Didn't take many liberties at all with the song, which was kind of disappointing.

Matthew's starting to resemble Steve Earle a little too much.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Thursday, 20 April 2006 05:10 (seventeen years ago) link

great record- hope there's a vol. 2

cdwill (cdwill), Thursday, 20 April 2006 05:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Next time Matthew's on late-night TV he'll look like Leslie West. Agreed that "Cinnamon Girl" seemed a bit rote. Maybe they decided they want people thinking about Neil as his anti-Bush album comes up.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Thursday, 20 April 2006 13:37 (seventeen years ago) link

"everybody knows this is nowhere" comes off better than "cinammon girl." but my faves are the marmelade song and "who knows where the time goes" -- susanna's no sandy denny, but she does her own thing with it.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Thursday, 20 April 2006 14:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Different Drum 's lovely too.

Stoned POney, Thursday, 27 April 2006 09:08 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...

And Volume 2 is out...

1. Sugar Magnolia
2. Go All The Way
3. Second Hand News
4. Bell Bottom Blues
5. All The Young Dudes
6. You're So Vain
7. Here Comes My Girl
8. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move/All Good People
9. Hello It's Me
10. Willin'
11. Back Of A Car
12. Couldn't I Just Tell You
13. Gimme Some Truth
14. Maggie May
15. Everything I Own
16. Beware Of Darkness

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 06:17 (fourteen years ago) link

hoffs aging gracefully

moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 07:10 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah the second is as much fun as the first. not in any way necessary, but i like the friends-hanging-out vibe of the whole thing. "bell bottom blues" is gorgeous, and "you're so vain" still zings. the yes song sounds great, so dreamy. she sure makes "willin'" sexy (not that it wasn't to start with.) and of course they do big star like they were born to it. i don't think sweet really sells the spoken-word bits on "here comes my girl," but that patter is distinctively petty that it's a tall order.

i'm waiting on my emusic credits to re-up to get the bonus disc, but i imagine that's more of the same. going to see them in september, should be a good time.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 26 July 2009 06:48 (fourteen years ago) link

oh wow, they cover Little Feat? might have to check it out.

bonnieNCLYDE!!!!!!!!!!! (some dude), Sunday, 26 July 2009 23:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Love both of these. On this one, after three listens, like "You're So Vain" and "Maggie May" best. "I've Seen All Good People" sounds great but suffers from the same problem as "As Your Bird Can Sing" from the first record -- the reproduction of the original music is so faithful that it starts to sound less like a cover, more like karaoke. On the other hand, I would totally go see Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs do karaoke!

Re velko's photo above, what makes it work is the fact that Hoffs obviously doesn't know Matthew Sweet is looming up behind her.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 27 July 2009 02:00 (fourteen years ago) link

"maggie may" and a few others are up on their myspace page, for the curious...

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Monday, 27 July 2009 07:24 (fourteen years ago) link

she's putting the increased sandiness of her voice to good use. the slight rasp gives a nice edge to the sweetness.

flying squid attack (tipsy mothra), Monday, 27 July 2009 07:26 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Third album coming up with 80s covers:

The full track list for "Under the Covers, Vol. 3" includes:
1. Sitting Still (R.E.M.)
2. Girls Talk (Dave Edmunds)
3. Big Brown Eyes (The dB's)
4. Kid (Pretenders)
5. Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)
6. Save It For Later (The English Beat)
7. They Don’t Know (Kirsty MacColl)
8. The Bulrushes (The Bongos)
9. Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Go’s)
10. How Soon Is Now (The Smiths)
11. More Than This (Roxy Music)
12. Towers of London (XTC)
13. Killing Moon (Echo and the Bunnymen)
14. Trouble (Lindsey Buckingham)

Bonus Tracks on iTunes Deluxe Version:
* Train in Vain (the Clash)
* You’re My Favorite Waste of Time (Marshall Crenshaw)
* I Would Die 4 U (Prince)

Here's the storify, of a lovely ladify (Phil D.), Monday, 19 August 2013 18:46 (ten years ago) link

Looks great. Glad to see that Bongos cover on there.

The O RLY of Everything (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:28 (ten years ago) link

ooh hoffs singing 'kid' could be good

balls, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 00:43 (ten years ago) link

The tracks from the Volume 2 bonus disc are worth finding:

Marquee Moon
I Wanna Be Sedated
Baby Blue
You Say You Don't Love Me
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
You Can Close Your Eyes
Killer Queen
A Song For You

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:08 (ten years ago) link

I love her original stuff too, but Susanna Hoffs really is one of my favorite cover singers. Or interpretive singers, if that sounds classier. From the Bangles onward, she's always had great taste in covers, and I just love listening to her voice. (It doesn't hurt that she likes the same jangly guitar pop that I do, obviously. And I'm not discounting Matthew Sweet's role, but she's the real attraction here.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:36 (ten years ago) link


first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:36 (ten years ago) link

If we can get Belinda Carlisle to cover "Manic Monday" now, this could lead to something really weird.

Looking forward to that Prince cover in a major way.

Here's the storify, of a lovely ladify (Phil D.), Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:44 (ten years ago) link

Totally stoked for this. Their version of Bell Bottom Blues is awesome.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:44 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...

This third album is right up my street.

Who Loves The Three Suns (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:49 (nine years ago) link

I'm not going to lie, when I saw this bumped to the top I was afraid that maybe Sweet had suffered a heart attack or something.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 21:32 (nine years ago) link

Sorry for the false alarm

Who Loves The Three Suns (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 21:34 (nine years ago) link

I think we would need a mod to adjust the thread title to read "susannah hoffs –matthew sweet ≠ sid 'n' susie."

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 21:51 (nine years ago) link


Who Loves The Three Suns (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 21:53 (nine years ago) link

Third album is nice, yeah. Gorgeous version of "Killing Moon."

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 14:19 (nine years ago) link

That track works, some others are kinda redundant

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 August 2014 15:49 (nine years ago) link

I like it when they duet the most, like on Towers of London or Big Brown Eyes. If it's just Hoffs or Sweet singing lead it's a bit more hit or miss (Trouble on the former, Our Lips Are Sealed on the latter).

campreverb, Monday, 11 August 2014 17:06 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

These are just the perfect soundtrack to a long car ride.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 19 November 2023 20:17 (one week ago) link

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