Thursday, 3 March 2016

Jump




My initial thoughts on hearing Aztec Camera's version of Jump, after the initial shock was amazement at just how gallus the interpretation of the pomp rock staple was and how Roddy Frame out Van Halened that guy Eddie with one of the most sublime guitar solos, no the most sublime guitar solo you will ever find on an indie record, probably the second would be the solo at the end of Forest Fire by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions but that is a debate for another day. In 1984 I was still kicking about with the hippie and metal types along with my other friends and I have to admit that I was pleased and very amused at their total disgust to what Roddy and Co had done to a pretty crap song which they all loved. I dug out the 12" at the weekend again and was filled with nostalgia and memories of Jim, Lex and Chris's protestations over this version.

Aztec Camera - Jump (Loaded version)

6 comments:

The Swede said...

Roddy has a good ear for a cover. I'm very fond of his version of 'True Colours'.

SriRacha Shark said...

I remember him getting a lot of stick from all sides for this at the time. However, as he astutely pointed out, "It sounds like Sweet Jane when slowed down". Great version.

Brian said...

Wonderful, Drew. Just pulled out my copy. Looks like yours is holding up a little better than mine. Have played both sides of that 12" to death.

acidted said...

Loved this cover. My copy was pretty poor from the off and has benefitted from the many plays it's had.

drew said...

That's my third copy. Picked it up in Oxfam music for a quid. My original was replaced quite a few years ago with another that is now shagged.

Echorich said...

The irony of Aztec Camera's performance as well as the realization of just what this song is about cut a bit to close for a lot of people back when it was released, but Roddy brings real contempt and venom to a song that Van Halen masked with their Circus Metal style.