Wednesday, 23 July 2014

REWIND: Violent Femmes - 'Gone Daddy Gone'

One of those bands whose name I've heard many times over the years, but never really got round to investigating. So it was a surprise a few weeks ago to hear that the Violent Femmes were the group responsible for the brilliant 'Gone Daddy Gone', a song included on the band's 1983 eponymous debut album. The lyrics borrow a complete verse from Willie Dixon's 1954 song 'I Just Want to Make Love to You', and is the greatest (and possibly only) track that I've ever heard which features two xylophone solos.

The song has become better known in recent years thanks to a cover version by Gnarls Barkley,  taken from their debut album 'St. Elsewhere' from 2006.

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