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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music UK
  • ASIN: B0002XK4EW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,696 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Beautiful South’s Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs features their own inimitable take on classic pop songs. Includes versions of songs made famous by the Ramones, S Club 7 and John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John.

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It's often hard to discern where The Beautiful South's sound comes from. Their own brand of darkly witty white-soul-cum-country sounds like many things. But what makes them tick? We find out with Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs.

Cover albums are tricky. The band take a risk with "Don't Stop Moving" and "You're The One That I Want", aware of the fans (often their own) who may not appreciate the radical reinterpretations offered here, slowing them down and treating them as near-jazz pieces. Similarly ELO, Blue Oyster Cult, Lush (!), and The Ramones (!!!) get the treatment. Some of it works- "Don't Fear The Reaper" loses its riff but gains smoky Latin overtones--while some of the rearrangements may be considered a little arbitrary. The breadth of taste is to be applauded, as is the adventurous spirit, but this might be one that appeals more to the most loyal of fans. --Thom Allott

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. I. E. Barrow on 14 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
Cover albums are always dangerous territories. On one side they can scream creative flare with an artist putting their own spin on already existing records; on the other side they can seem a desperate attempt to try and cover up a bad album and bad album sales. It can also suggest a lack of inspiration for new material. It seemed that the Beautiful South were doing the latter following on from 2003's less-than-mediocre 'Gaze'. For obvious reasons, BS fans were beginning to become a little concerned.
We needn't have worried.
The Beautiful South have really bounced back with this album; twelve cover songs all sounding different but all having that typical BS quirkiness put on them. The CD opens with 'You're The One That I Want' (yes, the one from 'Grease'), a much less sprightly affair than the original. But somehow it is pulled off marvellously with Paul Heaton and new vocalist Alison Wheeler providing the heartfelt vocals as they always successfully do.
Following on from this is 'Livin' Thing', originally done by ELO. Here, Dave Hemingway takes charge on lead - is it me or is he getting even better? Onwards we go to hear covers of songs by the likes of The Zombies, Willie Nelson and The Ramones amongst others. My personal favourite track is a cover of 'Ciao!' by the long forgotten (and may I state underrated) Lush. Jaunty and bold, this track really opens your eyes.
My favourite cover however is a different story. How The Beautiful South have taken S Club 7's 'Don't Stop Moving', turned it into a dark and bitter affair and make it work is beyond me. But that's what I love about The Beautiful South - they can take anything and make it sound wonderfully original, and that's why this cover album works so well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Ager on 30 Nov 2004
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I'm a sucker for cover versions, partly because the songs will usually be familiar, and only if the coveror has done something worthwhile with them, rather than just doing carbon-copies. So I was looking forward to this album, and on reflection it comes down in the good, but could have been better category.
The big plus point is, of course, that they have, by and large, sung and played these songs as if they were their own, and some they have twiddled with radically. It is right, and rather strange, to have "You're The One That I Want" slowed right down to a smooch; it's no less camp for it. ELO's "Livin' Thing" is turned into a Western jazz/country swing number, though they've retained some very ELO strings in the background. Lush's "Ciao!" becomes an upbeat chugger - the "Ying Tong (Tiddle-I-Po)" notation in the booklet is very apt. I love the new rumbha version of Blue Oyster Cult's "Reaper", and on "Rebel Prince" they give the best impression of Sting I've heard in a long time.
I suppose it was expecting a lot for all twelve tracks to be as innovative. "Don't Stop Moving" repeats the trick done on John and Olivia, and the lyric doesn't really match; it sounds funny once, but does it bear repetition? Similarly they take the old Brrok Benton / Ray Charles warhorse "Till I Can't..." uptempo like "Ciao".
"This Old Skin", a relatively obscure number, sounds just like a Beautiful South song, and the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" is
also done as a BS number. Which leaves "Stone In Love With You"; I confess this never has been a favourite of mine and nothing changes here, because they sound just like the Stylistics, or Johnny Mathis in tight pants.
The musicianship and production is, as ever, excellent, and they sound suitably laid-back and as if they had fun recording it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "andydeb17" on 3 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the first time I have really felt compelled to leave a review. Spread the word, this album is great !!
My favourite track by far is 'This Old Skin' where Hull meets the Deep South beautifully. This is the best harmonised and most skillfully crafted track I have ever heard (by any artist) and I can't stop listening to it !!
Just one thing though Mr.Heaton on some early Housemartins demo's I have there's a track called 'I bit my lip'....you just have to release this with the South.
Please please more uptempo country like 'This Old Skin' with guest vocalists....SUPERB STUFF !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Colin Campbell on 15 Dec 2004
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The Beautiful South achieve the near impossible on this album by performing S Club 7'S 'Don't Stop Moving'as if it were a lyric which demanded respect. When listening to the aforementioned track you realise it is actually a song which someone has taken the trouble to write and not the banal garbage it was originally presented as. One wonders if the B.S. had originally recorded this song would it be regarded as one of their classics.
Elsewhere on the album B.S.perform a faultless rendition of Willie Nelson's 'Valentine' with Heaton's voice as distinctive as the Texan. This track is followed by a superb version of 'Don't Fear the Reaper, for me enhancing the original.
'You're the One that I Want'is vastly alternative and basically ok if not sensational, perhaps suffering from the familarity the entire population has with the track.
On listening to the album in it's entirity I find myself pondering on the selection process for a covers album and despite its many merits I feel better material was available to the B.S.
I doubt they'll ever record another covers album, which adds to the slight feling of disappointment for this one.
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