On October 18, The Beautiful South will release a new covers album called Goldiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs. I have long loved this band, but finally gave up with the rubbish Gaze, an album in which they replaced beloved girl singer Jacqui with a sound-alike tired-ass bitty. No thanks. The only reason I bring this new record up is that it contains a cover of "Rebel Prince" by Rufus Wainwright (from "Poses"). Here is what the venerable Paul Heaton says about this song:
"This is from the second album by Rufus Wainwright who I’m very into. His arrangements are fantastic and I really like his vocal style; he fits a lot of words in. I suppose there’s a similarity there with Randy Newman, both very classy American songwriters. As far as our treatment goes, well, I love the original and I suppose we’ve copied it really."
Some of the other notable songs are: You're The One That I Want (yes, the hideous Grease song), Living Thing (ELO), and Don't Fear The Reaper (good choice!)