A 12-song collection, the album features a diverse range of covers chosen by Rhoda, celebrating her love of Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady. Most of these songs have never before been given proper treatments in these incredibly versatile and timeless Jamaican genres.
"I wanted to go a little left field for this. There seemed no point in covering songs which already had perfectly good Reggae versions. Both UB40 and Madness have already done a series of definitive covers albums. So, rather than hanging on their coat tails, I went for songs that had no previous definitive Reggae, Ska or Rocksteady versions, that we could find anyway. I think it also continues to demonstrate the amazing adaptability of these Jamaican genres!"
Version Girl - Dandy Livingstone
Stop Your Sobbing - Kinks (Pretenders)
Everyday Is Like Sunday - Morrissey
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Hangin' 'Round - Lou Reed
Song To The Siren - Tim Buckley
Walking After Midnight - Elvis Costello
The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie
Comme Un Arbre - Maxime Le Forestier
As Tears Go By - Rolling Stones
Love Hurts - Boudleaux Bryant
Peace, Love And Understanding - Nick Lowe
(CD, neon purple translucent vinyl and galaxy purple vinyl released today too).
Louder Than War review.
Everyday Is Like Sunday
The track that kick started the whole project! The Pretenders’ version of this tune was what I was listening to and it became an earworm.
Morrissey with his infamous ‘reggae-is-vile’ quote and leanings doesn’t seem a good fit if you think about it – but this whole album is about the songs (rather than the writer) and there’s no denying it’s a great song – and this, from now on, is the only version you need ever listen to. The words lockdown replace close down as it was recorded during the pandemic.
Rhoda Dakar: Version Girl - album review
Rhoda Dakar releases an absolutely sublime album of cover versions: Bowie, Reed, Louis Armstrong and Tim Buckley songs feature
- Morrissey-solo: "Rhoda Dakar" - May 18, 2021
- Morrissey-solo: "Rhoda Dakar covers Morrissey - "Everyday Is Like Sunday"" - Feb 26, 2021