with JANE McKEOWN of

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest was the singer of Lungleg, a Glasgow band influenced by Fire Engines, C86 and Riot Grrrl, a band of staccato punk charm, who I gleefully chose to watch as part of an all-dayer line-up at the Kings Cross Arts Depot in 1995 while actively avoiding Blur playing near my student digs in Mile End (I made the right choice).

Lungleg also featured in session on John Peel that year, only a few months before Peel mentioned Velvet Sheep on air, and they went onto support the legendary Make-Up and put out a posthumous album “Maid To Minx” on Southern Records, a tape of which I most likely received from the charismatic plugger Jefferson. She’s the sister of John McKeown of The Yummy Fur, a band they often toured with, and more recently she’s been in the band Peter Parker, who have enjoyed support from Marc Riley. Now in a band called Spread Eagle, I’ve been keen to get her onto the rejuvenated VS for a while now, and I’m pleased to welcome to these pages the ace, once Jane Egypt now resulutely Jane McKeown!

Here’s Lungleg on Peel…

I asked Jane what’s she’s been up to lately…

“Hi Nick,

I’m working with my new band, Spread Eagle. I co-write songs with my guitarist (Jeremy Mills). We were in Peter Parker together so we’ve been writing together for about ten years, i think. Fiona plays the drums (too loud) and Annie (ex-lungleg) has recently joined on bass. We’ve swapped instruments as I now play guitar. We’re planning on recording a mini ep of songs this year which we will release on vinyl, of course.

I’ve sent a track we recorded at Green Door Studios in Glasgow, Emily McLaren produced it.”

Nick: Check it out here… (thanks for letting us upload Jane)

And here’s an older one…with a video…

But what did Jane choose for her “song for ewe”, without further ado…

“I guess my choice was always going to be Crazy by Patsy Cline, even though i procrastinated for about two months over my decision.

I’ve been listening to this song since I was a kid. It comes in at under 3 minutes long, with not a wasted second on its bones.

Patsy’s voice drapes over the music like a velvet cape. Pure unadulterated perfection. God bless you, Ms Cline. x”