Wendy James Meets Stooges & Bad Seeds

 

Covers both Sonic’s
Rendezvous Band and Bob Dylan on new single.

 

Ex-Transvision Vamp belter Wendy James released a new
double-single this week featuring the Stooges’ James Williamson & The Bad Seeds’
Jim Sclavunos. Titled “You’re So Great” / “It’s Alright Ma”,
you can listen to it below:

 

 


Wendy James: ‘You’re So Great’ by makeyourmindup

 


Wendy James: ‘It’s Alright Ma’ by makeyourmindup

 

On her last solo album, 2010’s I Came Here To Blow Minds, Wendy James recorded with
French indie musicians who shared her passion for NYC punk, Detroit garage and
new wave, but now she’s gone straight to the source by working directly with
The Stooges’ James Willliamson (guitar & bass) and The Bad
Seeds’ Jim Sclavunos (drums & percussion) The A-Side is a version
of Sonic’s Rendezvous Band’s “You’re So Great,” featuring Williamson’s
signature search-and-destroy guitar riffs over a power pop arrangement, while
the B-side is a rootsy, seductive take on Dylan. (It’s not the first time James
has gone to the Dylan well, either: while with Transvision Vamp in the ‘90s she
winningly covered “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window.”) The single is
available digitally already and will soon be out as a 10″ vinyl single.

 

Wendy James on the
Sonic track: “
Sonic’s Rendezvous Band are one of my favorites. They wrote
song after cool song, like ‘Keep On Hustlin,” “Do It Again,”
“City Slang,” “Sweet Nothin” and of course, “You’re So
Great.” I got my chops singing hard and fast pop songs with Transvision
Vamp, and when I heard “You’re So Great,” it viscerally hit me that
Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith had written the complete essence of what I was good at. I
stored the song in the back of my mind, and waited for the right moment to
record it. When I met James Williamson the dots connected and we decided
instantly to go and do this together. For all the reasons above and of course,
he is bandmates with Drummer Scott Asheton (Stooges and SRB) and he represents Detroit and Ann
Arbor, no-one captures
the guitar sound of Michigan like James Willliamson does. It’s obvious. It was
just a question of who was going to shout ‘1,2,3,4…..'”

 

Wendy James on the Dylan track: “I,
like millions of others, begin and end with Bob Dylan. Since I can’t remember
when, maybe 12 years old? Bob has been my touchstone. His songs are what I
listen to when I need to calm my soul, find my peace, find my strength, affirm
my wisdom. Bob Dylan has tracked my soul for all my life so far, and always
will. There are of course, so many many perfect moments from him, it’s
mind-blowing the simplicity, the complexity, the effortlessness, the
timelessness of his words and his melodies. Blood On The Tracks, Bringing It All Back Home, Desire, Slow
Train Coming…
I mean, I’m just going to list you everything. But… when
I was about 13 years old I heard “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding”
and that was it for me. He knew everything. Job done. Life explained. So, now,
2012, when James and I had decided to do “You’re So Great” as a
special Single Release, he asked me what my favorite Dylan number is and
always, ultimately I go to “It’s Alright Ma.” Enthusiastically we
decided to record both songs, and then… Let me tell you, there’s a big
difference between listening to “Its Alright Ma” and singing it. I
understand his rhythm, his intention, his breath, his humor, his message, to be
clear: I understand his choice of words. It was heaven in the studio, losing
myself on the microphone, telling the tale, singing the truth, having my few
hours bathing in that High White Noise… and James in the control room
watching on proudly…Yes. It was a good day… It was the kind of day that
explains exactly, innately, why one does this in life.

 

 

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