AS SEEN OVER AT THE OLD BLOG ON 12 FEBRUARY 2009
This is a single I’ve been hopeful of finding for a while, and I finally got my hands on a copy when I was out the other week with Ed from 17 Seconds browsing around a Glasgow charity store.
I bought Regina on 12″ when it was released back in 1989 as I thought that would be the way to get the most unusual version of the song – i.e. sung in Icelandic. What I wasn’t aware of until about five years later when I heard the song played in a pub I was sitting in was that the double-pack 7″ had two other versions under the title Propeller vs Jet. I was kicking myself thinking that my chance to ever own something that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the solo stuff Bjork was releasing had gone forever.
But being given a USB turntable got me collecting vinyl again after the best part of 15 years….and as I said earlier, I picked it up in the most unexpected of places.
And so, for (what was) the first time in TVV history, here’s four versions of the same songs in the one sitting. I’ll apologise if you really don’t like lobster……
mp3 : The Sugarcubes – Regina (extended)
mp3 : The Sugarcubes – Regina (Icelandic vocal)
mp3 : The Sugarcubes – Regina (Propeller vs Jet Part 1)
mp3 : The Sugarcubes – Regina (Propeller vs Jet Part 2)
Here’s the other two tracks that were put on this limited edition double-pack:-
mp3 : The Sugarcubes – Hey
mp3 : The Sugarcubes – Hot Meat
They are strictly b-side material, quite experimental in nature and with a vocal delivery that would subsequently become familiar to music fans all over the world.
I should also say that the sound quality of the recordings of the Propeller v Jet versions aren’t great….not the best vinyl pressing I’ve ever bought. You’ll likely need to turn the volume up.