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Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Doves (and more) cover The Smiths

Photo via doves.netDovesSo the great and powerful Moz turned the big 5-0 last week – do you think that when being presented with gifts, he thought, “please, please, please let me get what I want this time”? No, probably not. But even if I personally don’t care for much of what he’s done post-Smiths, I salute the man on the occasion of his half-century.

And I’m sure his fellow Mancunians in Doves do likewise. No strangers themselves to the mopey end of rock, Doves paid tribute to their hometown hero back in 2002 for a BBC2 special – it’s a pretty straight version and the first line of the lyrics is cut off in the recording, apologies, but it’s a nice delicate moment from the band.

Doves’ North American tour in support of Kingdom Of Rust is now underway and includes a date at the Kool Haus in Toronto next Monday night, June 1. There’s features on the band at The Corrie Tandem and The Georgia Straight. Morrissey released his latest solo record Years Of Refusal earlier this year.

And since it’s a birthday and what’s a birthday without a party, here’s a handful more covers of “Please, Please”. Yes, I ran most of these back in 2004, but that was a different time – Moz was a sprightly 45 and still willing to play shows in Canada. So here’s covers from from The Jealous Girlfriends (taken from their Comfortably Uncomfortable album), Muse (from the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack) and versions of indeterminate origin from Josh Rouse, Halo Benders and Swearing At Motorists.

MP3:Doves – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
MP3: The Jealous Girlfriends – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
MP3: Muse – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
MP3: Josh Rouse – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
MP3: Swearing At Motorists – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
MP3: Halo Benders – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
Video: Morrissey – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” (live)

By : Frank Yang at 9:34 am
Category: Chromewaves Radio

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  1. Chuck says:

    For good measure, here’s the Deftones version I remembered from my high school days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXmsUuPBNFU

  2. Bob says:

    There’s also a Weezer version of it too (kicking around)

  3. Matt says:

    Rob Dickinson (of Catherine Wheel fame) has also just released a cover of this as a digital single; can be heard on his myspace site … http://www.myspace.com/robdickinson

  4. Frank Yang says:

    I have that Weezer one but some research makes it very questionable whether or not it’s them. I doubt it is. Ah, the freewheeling tagging of the Napster era.

  5. Rangi says:

    I saw Johnny Marr play a beautiful version of this song at the 7 worlds collide concert earlier this year. Don Mclashan played the mandolin or a similar sounding instrument, giving a solo definately worth listening to. There’s some footage floating around on the you tube.

  6. elspeth says:

    Actually, The Dream Academy does a great version as well!

  7. elspeth says:

    Ew! The Muse cover is awful!

  8. dave says:

    hey Frank,
    not sure how i missed this post,
    and unfortunately now the mp3 links are dead…
    anyway, where the Hell did you get a Swearing At Motorists version?
    please tell me it’s a live version.
    (because i never released the one i recorded during the “This Flag Signals Goodbye” sessions)