Von Saint Etienne and The Manics bis Baxter Dury: Sechs der Besten Heavenly Recordings:

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Can only break your heart with devotion, Saint Etienne, 1990.

A lovely slice of early 1990s dancefloor revivalism with vocals by Moira Lambert is this amorous, dubby version of Neil Young’s original. Soon after, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs were joined by Sarah Cracknell and one of the greatest British pop groups came into view.

Motown Garbage, Preachers of Manic Lane, 1991

“Motown, Motown Junk/ I laughed when Lennon got shot/ Twenty-one years of life and nothing means anything to me.”

According to Robin Turner, this was the single which heralded the arrival of the Manics, one of the great punk rock records. In their doomed search to become as big as Guns N ‘Roses, the band would quickly move on, but this was their furious, rousing calling card.

The Rockingbirds, Steadily Understanding, 1992

The best single ever released by Heavenly? “Sunday morning/turning on my deck again …” In the running, it is. A glorious stroll in a country. And harmonies of those.

In 1999, Colour Me, Dot Allison.

A sleazy, shaking trip-hop delight is provided by the opening track from Dot Allison’s debut solo album Afterglow, Colour Me. Comedown track, which is half a pledge, half a hazard.

(My Love) You’ll Never Know, Edwyn Collins, 2007.

Recorded for the Home Again album just before his stroke in 2005, which was eventually released in 2007. This track was one of the highlights, Edwyn’s loving interpretation of blue-eyed soul.

I’m Not Your Dog, Baxter Dury, 2020.

Lust in darkness, or lust in shadow? Baxter Dury, son of Ian (in case you had any doubts), is part of the current Heavenly roster and this icy synth track is a perfect example of his unique talent.

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