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gemma ray to release covers album
February 1, 2010, 2:04 pm
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Rather than taking a well-earned break over Christmas, an opportunity to sit back and reflect on her most successful year yet, Gemma Ray made a spur of the moment decision to record an off-the-cuff covers album in New York studio NY Hed with Matt Verta-Ray of Heavy Trash, punningly titled It’s A Shame About Gemma Ray. Sixteen songs were recorded, ranging from Ella Fitzgerald, Gershwin and Buddy Holly to the likes of Mudhoney, Gun Club and Gallon Drunk. As Gemma describes it, “Most of the songs on the album were covered by memory of the original track, but how I remember them, not necessarily how they were. This particularly applies to ‘Hey Big Spender’. I’m not a fan of the famous version I had heard Shirley Bassey sing, but it’s a tribute to my late best friend. It was played during her cremation and it stuck in my head in a very odd way.”

The album also includes a song in which the lyrics to Sonic Youth’s ‘Drunken Butterfly’ are performed to the music of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, and a version of Yiddish classic ‘Bei Mir Bistu Shein’. As with Gemma’s award-winning 2009 opus Lights Out Zoltar!, the album will be released through Bronzerat Records, though no firm date for this has been announced yet. The label also revealed in their latest missive that Gemma has almost finished writing her next album proper and will be heading to the studio to record it in the summer.

Alan Pedder


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