INXS' Kick covered in day-long session by Beck and friends. [SLYT]
July 6, 2015 9:23 AM   Subscribe

The purpose of the project is to cover an entire album by another artist in one day, using an informal and fluid collective of musicians. "Joining in this time we had three of my favorite bands— Liars, Annie Clark and Daniel Hart from St. Vincent, Sergio Dias from the legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, as well as RC veteran Brian Lebarton, just back from the Charlotte Gainsbourg tour. The record covered this time was 1987 blockbuster 'Kick' by INXS. The record was chosen by fellow Aussie, Angus from the Liars. It was recorded in a little over 12 hours on March 3rd, 2010. It was an intense, hilarious, daunting and completely fun undertaking. Thanks to everybody for being there and putting so much into it. Many classic moments, inspired performances and occasional anarchy." -Beck Hansen
posted by slacy (26 comments total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
 
Woah. Extremely cool! Thanks! Is Beck putting together more of these?
posted by mondo dentro at 9:35 AM on July 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh. Duh. It's record club #4...
posted by mondo dentro at 9:39 AM on July 6, 2015


I didn't know I needed a slow-burn version of "New Sensation" in my life, but it's really good.
posted by Xavier Xavier at 9:44 AM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Kick's a great album and has held up a lot better than many pop records from 1987.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:44 AM on July 6, 2015 [21 favorites]


Love this. Looks like it's from 2010? Here's the project page on Beck's site.
posted by gwint at 9:45 AM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, just googled. There's a cover of Velvet Underground and Nico, too! And... Yanni...?!

Looks like fun!
posted by mondo dentro at 9:47 AM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


this is sorta kind of a repost, but i think this specific entry in the record club was only discussed in comments...
posted by nadawi at 9:54 AM on July 6, 2015


Not sure if I will like the actual implementation - I'm not a huge Beck fan - but what a neat idea. Really give Beck credit for making this happen.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:00 AM on July 6, 2015


Kick's a great album and has held up a lot better than many pop records from 1987.

I'll second this. Any time one of its songs comes on the radio (usually New Sensation or Need You Tonight) I'm just compelled to listen, and they aren't even my favourite songs off the album.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 10:03 AM on July 6, 2015 [6 favorites]


The Card Cheat: Kick's a great album and has held up a lot better than many pop records from 1987.

You know, this one plus the other INXS album, Listen Like Thieves, have held up better than a lot of stuff from the late 80s. I still bring them up on my iPod periodically and run through them, and they're great little records.

(On preview: jinx!)
posted by wenestvedt at 10:05 AM on July 6, 2015 [7 favorites]


"Never Tear Us Apart" is still amazing after all these years.
posted by hush at 10:58 AM on July 6, 2015 [6 favorites]


Oh man, this is great. I love watching creative people just dork around and pull out something amazing like this. The only way it could be any better is if there was a "making of" after the fact.
posted by boo_radley at 11:02 AM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I think they peaked here

Though i must admit the Japanese drummers in this live version of mediate are pretty sweet.
posted by the bricabrac man at 11:12 AM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I didn't make the final edit (that I can tell), but I'm somewhere in the background of the Devil Inside video, filmed in my old stomping grounds in Balboa, California.

Michael Hutchence ... dude knew how to command your attention.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:19 AM on July 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Yes! Hutchence absolutely knew how to command your attention. I love watching him in the video for The One Thing. So fun!
posted by hush at 11:25 AM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Since this is an INXS thread I'm putting in my plug for late-period: Elegantly Wasted. A perfect song.
posted by blucevalo at 11:51 AM on July 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Yes, absolutely, yes.
posted by oddman at 11:59 AM on July 6, 2015


This is quite great.

But if we're putting in our INXS votes, count me in for The Swing. Nile Rodgers gets my vote every time.
posted by readyfreddy at 2:52 PM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Another one of the albums I played so often that I wore out the cassette! Love this.

My favorite INXS song, though, has to be Don't Change. (And I also love the live Bruce Springsteen cover of the song.)
posted by SisterHavana at 2:57 PM on July 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


Love St. Vincent, like the Liars and am digging this, four tracks in, but - am I bad for dearly hoping that none of the assembled were roped into Beck's beliefs during this day together? I've always been at a desperate loss to reconcile my instinctive love for his stuff with the brain-hurt his affiliation causes me...
posted by progosk at 3:10 PM on July 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


INXS remains one of the best, tightest, grooviest bands I have ever seen live (in Toronto. A long time ago. Get off my lawn).

I recorded "The One Thing" off the radio on a cassette tape recorder.

I am old
posted by biscotti at 4:22 PM on July 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


No, the best INXS song is Just Keep Walking. It is known.

That shirt. Those tight, tight pants.
posted by um at 4:51 PM on July 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is fantastic, thanks. I have a weird relationship to INXS. My tobacco chewing, gay bashing, womanizing, Kappa Alpha cousin turned me on to them, REM, Edie Brickell, and the The Smiths on the same day in 1991. You have no idea what a source of cognitive dissonance this was for me growing up.
posted by echocollate at 4:58 PM on July 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


I skipped right to New Sensation but I hate that they turned this vibrant cheer for life into this sludgy mess
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree at 7:28 PM on July 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I loved the take on New Sensation; fantastic.

'Need You Tonight' sounds like it could have used a couple more takes to tighten it up, though OTOH it sounds like a club in a haze of drunken horniness at the end of a long bender, so maybe working in its own way.

I've listened to the original Kick enough times that I can't imagine Need You tonight not blending seamlessly into 'Mediate.' Liking the kinda hilarious free-form lyrics changes here, though... wake and bake indeed.
posted by kaibutsu at 11:34 PM on July 6, 2015


I love the Need You Tonight, and have used it on a mix tape exchange here on the blue, I believe.

Annie Clark is a flat out bad ass.
posted by DigDoug at 9:44 AM on July 7, 2015


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