Saturday, February 23, 2013
Cover Me Impressed: 'Paint It Black'
This isn't the first time I have featured a cover of this Rolling Stones' classic. You old-timers may remember back in 2010
I posted a version from the Feelies with a complaint that the song had been left off the new reissue of the band's fantastic debut album. I'm still sore about that, but I'll move on. The Mighty Lemon Drops recorded "Paint It Black" in studio and included it as a B-side to the "Fall Down (Like the Rain)" 12" single and limited-edition CD single back in 1988. (I'm ripping it from the vinyl.)
Truth be told, this would probably rank No. 3 behind both the Feelies and Echo & the Bunnymen in terms of favorite "Paint It Black" covers, but I have a soft spot for this one because I saw the Mighty Lemon Drops perform it live when they toured the United States with the Ocean Blue in early 1990. The live performance of the song was a real showstopper, but I'm not quite sure they captured the same magic in the studio... although it's still awfully good. I hope you enjoy it, and I will get to that Echo & the Bunnymen version one of these days, I promise.
The Mighty Lemon Drops - Paint It Black (mp3)