Let's go to where it's fun.
The Ravonettes Feat. Ronnie Spector - Ode to LA - It had to happen eventually. The Ravonettes have dropped all the silly self imposed rules about waves upon waves of distortion, staying in one key, and only writing 3 minute songs. They've finally given up on being the next Jesus & Mary Chain, and given up on being the next White Stripes (Though Sune Wagner hasn't quite given up on imitating Jack White - more on that in a moment). Instead, the Ravonettes have dropped all the pretense, and given in to what they were always meant to be. An absolutely killer guitar pop band, full of 50's revival energy and capitalizing on Wagners intricaat guitar work under Sharin Foo's great vocal range. And then, there's Ronnie Spector, a woman who has been around the music industry longer than most music fans today have been alive. I had the privelige of seeing Ronnie live at a memorial for Joey Ramone a few years back. She still had it then, soing the Ronettes hit "Be My Baby" (With which Wagner has a strange obsession - it's covered on the newest Raveonettes album and he's done so with prior bands as well). And so, Sune Rose Wagner has set out to be the Jack White to Ronnie Spector's Loretta Lynn. (Joey Ramone attempted to coax her into a similar career revival 20 years back. The best he could get was a stunning duet, and a lifelong friend.) Word is, he's working on a whole album with her now. And if "Ode to LA" is any sign of whats coming, I can't wait. The song is absolutely gorgeous, as Sharin and Ronnie harmonize for about a minute and a half before Ms. Spector just starts belting out those rich notes like no one else before or since has ever been able to. She absolutely commands this song, and transforms it from a mere 50's aping bit of guitar pop into a flat out bit of time travel.
Only one track today because I didn't realize that I'm a half hour late for work! I'll give you an extra special bonus tomorrow instead!
Extra Credit: Go download the cover of My Boyfriends Back from The Mystical Beast.
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