Days of Agreement: 03

3 March 2009, 10:14 am

Nemesis was originally recorded by Shriekback on their excellent 1985 release, Oil and Gold. Shriekback’s most recent album is Glory Bumps in 2007. If you like this cover, please support the band. If you hate the cover, support the band anyway! It sounds nothing like them.

The original “Nemesis” is mostly propelled by Martyn Barker’s enormous drums and elaborate layers of synths; I thought it would be fun to approach the song with those elements completely removed. So I did.

This was originally sposed to be part of Days of Agreement which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. This is a schmancy way of saying that should you somehow make money on this nonsense, you have to cut me in. Otherwise, do what thou wilt. But I can’t actually do that with a cover tune, so this is retroactively part of a new project, Days of Disagreement.

4 comments on “Days of Agreement: 03”

  1. 2fs

    This song contains not one but two of my favorite rhymes in rock: “priests and cannibals” with “prehistoric animals,” and “nemesis” with “parthenogenesis.” I also rather suspect it’s the only rock song ever to use the word “parthenogenesis”…

  2. Ezra

    It sounds really good on headphones.

    Is that a backup singer I hear or is it just you, tweaked?

  3. Flasshe

    Cool version of a song from one of my all-time favorite albums. Stripped down, the essence is still intact, and perhaps even more powerful. Supervillains live!

  4. summervillain

    aw, y’all make me blush. 2fs: not only does it feature “parthenogenesis” (we’re all tired of the story of I how I played it for an AIDS Ride audience — because it was the only song I could remember on such short notice — and realized about half way through why the first few rows of the auditorium were laughing so hard — and ASL interpreter was trying to express the song, and getting very flustered, right?) but it ALSO features that A/A rhyme of “home” with “home.”

    Ezra, the 3 vocals are all me, pretty much untweaked (I did stuff like cut the “d” in “mocked” out of one track because it woulda been “mocked-d” if I hadn’t, but that was about it).

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