SKATERS – Lucky 7
LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…
Today is a punk band that formed by text message and come from Boston, LA and Hull. You read right. They’ve released music on Gary Powell from The Libertines’ label 25 Hour Convenience Store. You might dig them if you like Pavement, Parquet Courts or The Replacements and they’re called Skaters.
These guys are now based in New York, but there’s elements of Cali punk and Suicide style krautrock too, but it’s sure not sloppy. It’s been a while since I had this, so i have been a bit sloppy. But talking of unpolished gems, Skaters have gone for a unique take on the Lucky 7 by choosing their favourite demos…for those about to choose I salute you…
1. Elliot Smith – “Thirteen” (Big Star Cover)
Gotta have one Elliot Smith to kick it off, right? Everyone will have their favourite, so it might shock you that we picked a cover, but whatever, this is great. There are a million of his available, and we like a lot of them.
2. The Beatles – “Yes It Is” (Beatles Anthology)
“Yes It Is” was recorded during a 2 hour session, and the 14th take was used as a B-side to “Ticket to Ride”. This must of been the 1st or 2nd take, since Lennon is mumbling through the verses and clearly hasn’t written more than a couple lines. Most Songwriters mumble their “go to” lines when they’re still working things out, but to hear a legend like Lennon do it, reminds you he’s human.
3. Julian Casablancas – “I’ll Only Live Once” (eventually became “You Only Live Once”)
One of our favourite Strokes songs. Great songs can be performed a variety of ways. This version proves that the song is great, beyond the band that’s performing it.
4. Devo – “Space Girl Blues” (Hardcore vol. 1)
The whole record is required listening. It let’s you understand the experiments required for a band like Devo to be as brilliant and seminal as they are.
5. The Replacements – “Can’t Hardly Wait” (Tim outtakes)
Just found this! Holy shit, 3 years before the official release, Westerberg’s vocals are 30 ft from the microphone but you still feel his intensity. Such a mother!
6. The Band- “Bessie” (Basement Tapes)
Easily the best home recordings/demos ever made… in our opinion. This song is so perfect.
Lucky 7th: Skaters – “Free-er than Cat Power”
We write lots of different styles of rock music. This one was Joshes favourite when we started the band, but it didn’t really fit with our initial recordings. We still like it though.
CHEERS TO SKATERS & TO CHARLIE WYATT, THE GRAVESEND BOY FROM SILVERDOOR PR
HEAR MORE FROM SKATERS AND THE “ROCK & ROLL BYE BYE” EP RIGHT HERE (A LUCKY 8TH IF YOU WILL)