Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to float you into the weekend. Adam Ant's first single, Taylor Swift's latest single and Tom Petty's 2010 studio album are all in the mix, plus an unexpected Prince production and a most unusual tribute to The B-52's.
Yesterday marked 45 years since the debut release by Adam and The Ants, soon to be one of the most exhilarating post-punk bands on the U.K. scene but here pursuing edgy pop in earnest courtesy of Ant's original line-up, who'd all get nicked to join Bow Wow Wow in due course. "Young Parisians" is exceptionally rare on Ant collections (being controlled not by Sony Music, which oversees most of Ant's music, but Decca) - and this is the first release of B-side "Lady" outside of the original vinyl single.
On what would have been Petty's 73rd birthday (October 20) came an expanded edition of his studio album from 2010, featuring two previously unreleased tracks, including a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson II's "Help Me."
The fact is Taylor Swift is omnipresent for a reason: her ability to craft a good pop song is deeply impressive. Take "Cruel Summer," a dreamy, synth-laden fan favorite co-written and produced by frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff; released on 2019's Lover, it was given a belated single release between her latest album of new material (last year's Midnights) and her next project (a re-recording of blockbuster 1989 that she will own herself, in stores next week). It launched effortlessly into the Top 10 in America - and with one last blockbuster run of her concert film The Eras Tour this weekend, she's pulling triple duty on the song, pairing the original with a forgettable remix and the live version from The Eras Tour. (Wanna bet we get a soundtrack release before too long?)
Deborah Allen, Let Me Be the First (Expanded Edition) / Telepathy (Expanded Edition) / Telepathy EP (RCA/Legacy)
Country singer Deborah Allen garnered crossover success in 1983 with the multi-format hit "Baby I Lied," and continued her work on the RCA label with 1984's sleek Let Me Be the First and 1987's Telepathy, the title track of which was written and produced by Joey Coco, one of the many pseudonyms for Prince. Both these albums have been remastered and expanded with bonus tracks, plus a suite of vintage remixes for "Telepathy" have been delivered.
The B-69's, Cosmic Sex Number / Weird Alien Print / Non Funkable Tokin' / Fredaissance / Inside Out (self-released)
Alt-rocker Dalton Deschain has carved out a fascinating viral niche with his lighthearted project "The B-69's," an ongoing series of covers of pop songs in the style of The B-52's, with Deschain uncannily channeling Fred Schneider's vocals. Having kept the covers to Bandcamp, he's now unleashed them on other streaming services to make you laugh.
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