Cover Versions: Rowland S. Howard/The Boys Next Doors’ Shivers by Courtney Barnett

Well, I picked this 7″ up it only just the other day but it’s been out for a while off-course, released late last year. I’ve just got to put it up here because to start with it’s the best cover of this song, it’s a very well worn out covered track too. Still think Barnett’s is the best even six months after the release date. She seems to embody the desolation of lyrics and a female to taken on it too is really interesting too.

I enjoy this version even more so that the original, done by The Boys Next Door in 1978 on the album called Door, Door and written by Rowland S.Howard at age 16 but sung by Nick Cave. I did like that Cave said on Howard’s doco called Autoluminescent that he should have let Howard sing it back in the day but he was the lead singer and insisted that he did it at the time. He didn’t really do justice for the words unlike his own lyrics later in his career, I guess maybe that’s why he could stop singing other people songs. The Demo’s of Howard early band called Young Charlatans I always say is a better version of the song but it’s never been official release but you can find it at his website now. It’s worth downloading it, it’s epic recordings and it’s better than the Door, Door album well I think it is if that counts for anything at all.

Produced by Jack White for Third Man Records’ Blue Series
Courtney Barnett – Guitar & Vocals
Bones Sloane – Bass Guitar
Dave Mudie – Drums

Shivers lyrics written by Rowland S. Howard

I’ve been contemplating suicide,
but it really doesn’t suit my style,
so I think I’ll just act bored instead
and contain the blood I would’ve shed?

She makes me feel so ill at ease
my heart is really on it’s knees
but I keep a poker face so well
that even mother couldn’t tell

But my baby’s so vain
she is almost a mirror
and the sound of her name
sends a permanent shiver down my
Spine

I keep her photograph against my heart
for in my life she plays a starring part
all alcohol and cigarettes
there is no room for cheap regrets

But my baby’s so vain
she is almost a mirror
and the sound of her name
sends a permanent shiver down my
Spine

She makes me feel so ugly
my heart is really on it’s knees
but I keep a poker face so well
that even mother couldn’t tell

But my baby’s so vain
she is almost a mirror
and the sound of her name
sends a perennial shiver down my
Spine

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