Record Club: INXS “New Sensation”

Like any decent Australian I have an INXS CD in my collection. I don’t really listen to it anymore, but it possesses a certain inelegant nostalgia for my youth and dancing around my room to “New Sensation.” Lately I have been keeping up with the INXS covers performed by Beck’s Record Club, whereby Beck and his co-conspirators have taken INXS’ rock songs and given them a pared back and dreamy interpretation. The collaboration features a diverse mix of Beck’s musician friends and observes the following concept:

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. The songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens.

Given my childhood love for “New Sensation”, I thought it highly appropriate that I share the Record Club’s version. With its substitution of acoustic guitars, violin and backing vocals by St. Vincent for INXS’ original hard rocking sound, I think it is pretty lovely. Plus, I am also quite smitten with Beck’s cardigan/scarf combination.


5 Comments Record Club: INXS “New Sensation”

  1. adam June 10, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    interesting take, but think the original is head and shoulders above.

  2. Tristan June 10, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    I have not been following Beck’s Record Club so thanks for the reminder. I liked this version: very ‘Seachange-y.’ The Liars guy even looks a bit like Hutchence!

  3. José Luis June 10, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    This band were really awesome, usually ‘Suicidal blonde’ and ‘Devil inside’ does the trick for me, but this is an absolutely classic. Does that mean that you also have an AC/DC album? ‘Cause if you do then it’s official, I’m in love. Oh yeah, also the Beck’s recording club is amazing too, so far the Skip Spence’s ‘Oar’ is my favorite

  4. Danica van de Velde June 11, 2010 at 5:24 AM

    @adam Yeah, I prefer the original too, but I like the concept of the cover.

    @Tristan I hadn’t noticed it, but now that you mention it: he does have a Hutchence vibe going on.

    @José Luis As a matter of fact I do have an AC/DC album. It’s a two-disc live album that features some amazing audience participation on “Thunderstruck” :)

  5. José Luis June 11, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    @Danica So, it’s official then

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