Friday, March 29, 2013

Cover Me Impressed: 'Ghost Town'

I have but 90 seconds of music to give today, but it's a pretty interesting minute and a half... at least if you're a fan of Elvis Costello and the Attractions. This is from Steve Nieve's 1987 solo album, 'Playboy.' It's long out of print, but at one point in the mid-'90s Nieve's first solo album, 'Keyboard Jungle,' was reissued on CD by Demon with "selections" from 'Playboy.' Sadly, that's out of print too, but you can still find copies here.

'Playboy' is a mix of Nieve originals and interpretations of rock songs by David Bowie, X and others performed on a piano. That's it. No band. No vocals. Here is Nieve's take on my favorite song by the Specials. Quite a manic curiosity. This might not be your style, but there should be no debating Nieve's brilliance.

Steve Nieve - Ghost Town (mp3)


Echorich said...

Dig that "Ferry with a very dark secret" look on the cover!

Brian said...

Ha! I think the same thing every time I see it.