Facemasks at the ready, mouse mats on standby, volume at ten (Klub Kakofanney Lockdown Letter)

Facemasks at the ready, mouse mats on standby, volume at ten

Remember the time when you could get on a bus without a facemask and didn't need to decipher social distancing regulations to buy a pint of beer? Aaah, those were the days.

And while I am in nostalgia mode, here is another flashback into the archives. This video-montage is from a Klub Kakofanney Friday night gig just over two years ago, when the smooth-sounding Ciphers played on the Wheatsheaf stage.

The Ciphrs band consists of Mila leading the way on vocals, with Lyndsey on bass, Pete and Kieran on the guitars, and Sam manning the drumkit. Sam also drums with the Peerless Pirates, meaning he is the first person to be featured in two different Klub Kakofanney Reloaded videos.

Lockdown Karaoke

How have you been getting through the modern madness of new normal? While Ciphers has been in limbo, Mila has been surviving lockdown with a series of isolation karaoke covers, with an element of the theatric thrown in, and I especially enjoyed this platinum-topped Blondie singing Heart Of Glass.

Another look at Hit The Road Jack

Covers are a good way for bands to explore artistic interpretation. For example, "Hit The Road Jack" was made famous by Ray Charles, but this fantastic cover by the German trio, Sweet Sisters, is done more in the style of Kraftwerk meets The Andrews Sisters, and puts a new spin on the meaning of the lyrics.

Clapping in Japan

This week, if covid hadn't got in the way, we'd have been rained on at Riverside and people in Japan would have been applauding the world's Olympic athletes. So its a no no to Good Morning Tokyo, but staying in that corner of the world, here is a cover of "The Clapping Song", a song which was originally released 55 years ago by Shirley Ellis, and performed here by the Japanese band That's A No-No. Now this is rock.

Punk covers the classics

For some reason, many people still have the misconception that punk bands are punk because they cannot read music or play instruments properly, so what better way to dispel that myth than a punk rock cover of a classical orchestral piece. The Toy Dolls, came to fame in 1979 with their cover of "Nellie The Elephant", but they often wow the crowds with their guitar work on this amazing cover version of Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance", (a piece which was originally written for a ballet).

Who needs an orchestra when you've got a guitarist, a bassist, and a drummer? Before you know it, you'll be moshing to Mozart and pogoing to Paganini. But until then, stay safe,....

26th July 2020
The Lockdown Letters
Klub Kakofanney