"I can’t remember why we recorded this one, we were in the studio in Holland and everything was set up, so we put down a version which ended up being a single. I think it was the solo that did it."
(David Morris, guitar player of The Celibate Rifles)
Oh well, modesty is a virtue, isn’t it? Personally, I think THE CELIBATE RIFLES’ rendition of Patty Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot” is a truly exceptional cover that gloriously stands the test of time and thus can be considered as a true classic! First of all, the sound is astonishing: the song blasts out of the speakers and immediately thrills the listener with it’s big fat guitar sound and commanding drum beat! Then there’s that amazing voice of Damien Lovelock: at first listen, he may sound totally indifferent but that’s just a false impression because soon – and not in the least because of the compelling lyrics – introspection chases the idea of apathy and his voice suits the song in a brilliant way. Just take a listen and you might come to the same conclusion as me that it wasn’t just the solo that did it…
Dancing Barefoot - THE CELIBATE RIFLES mp3