A selection from the 1994 compilation LP If I Were A Carpenter today; which isn't, surprisingly, a tribute to the skilled woodworkers of the world, but rather to the brother-sister duo who set the pop charts ablaze with their cheesetastic easy-listening hits in them thar seventies.
The album brings together what'd be best-described as a largely college radio-friendly bunch of artists: American Music Club, Shonen Knife, Sonic Youth, The Cranberries, Bettie Serveert, Dishwalla (I must confess I'd never heard of this bunch before), Sheryl Crow, Johnette (Johnette?!) Napolitano with Marc Moreland, Redd Kross, Babes In Toyland, Cracker, Matthew Sweet, 4 Non Blondes, and Grant Lee Buffalo - all performing, perhaps unsurprisingly given the nature of the album, covers of classic Carpenters cuts (alliteration alert!).
But are any of them up there with the originals, I don't hear you ask. Well, mostly, no. But it's a pleasant enough listen. Here are a few of my favourites - with pride of place going to Shonen Knife's frankly inspired take on Top Of The World!
Shonen Knife - Top Of The World mp3
Babes In Toyland - Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft mp3
Bettie Serveert - For All We Know mp3
(mp3s available for a week)
The album seems to have long since gone out of print, by the way, so it looks as if places like eBay and Amazon Marketplace would be your best bet for tracking a copy down now. If you're interested, like.
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