Tanya Donelly covers Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” to benefit Great Scott staff
Tanya Donelly (of Throwing Muses, The Breeders, and Belly) continued her weekly covers series this week with a cover of "Here Comes Your Man" by Throwing Muses' old 4AD labelmates and tourmates (and Breeders-related band) the Pixies. Tanya stays pretty faithful to the original, but it's a treat to hear this song with her voice and it's an all-around great cover. Tanya gives this background on the cover, and explains why donations this week will go to the staff of beloved Allston, MA venue Great Scott, which had to close for good:
Hello friends ~
This week’s chosen song, Pixies’ Here Comes Your Man, was requested by our friend Steve Gisselbrecht, in honor of his husband Tom Wethern’s birthday. I love these two people, and feel so happy and honored to help Steve wish Tom a Happy Birthday in this way. And joining us this week are our supah special guests, some of my sisters from Band Of Their Own ~ Gail, Hilken, Magen, Kay, Melissa, Michelle, JenD, Amy! Also joining is guest drummer and producer Dave Brophy, man of many talents and awards. (And one of the funniest people I know.)
This is not the first time I’ve sung for Tom W on his birthday ~ the first time was several years ago at one of Boston’s most loved clubs, Great Scott, one of those special rooms that just feels good and sounds great, and a musical home to some of my favorite people and musicians. Very very sadly, Tim Philbin announced this past week that Great Scott won’t be reopening post-lockdown. This is a deep blow and loss for our musical community, and for Joe McMahon, who was on GS staff.
“On behalf of our staff, I want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the people of Boston. We were very fortunate. As heartbroken as we all are, we’ll always cherish the memories, the music and your friendship.
Wish we’d had the chance to do a proper Last Call. Stay safe.”
Your donations this week will go to the staff of Great Scott and local musicians, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
This week also has a "bonus track": Charley Stone covering Belly's "Stay." Tanya says, "I heard her version this past week, and I love it so much that I had to include it here. Listening to her sing and play it, I feel like *she* wrote this song, and that’s a pretty weird and wonderful feeling."
Previous covers in this series include Marianne Faithfull's "As Tears Go By" (ft. Speedy Ortiz' Sadie Dupuis), Labi Siffre's "Bless The Telephone," and Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" (ft. Tanya's daughters Gracie and Hattie).
And here's a gallery of photos of Belly at Boston Calling 2018: