Yesterday I revealed that B.E.F. in the guise of Martyn Ware with Glenn Gregory singing had covered the venerable Neil Diamond Monkees classic, so you’d better know that I didn’t sit around waiting for the tune to fall out of the sky! What’s it like? Glad you asked!
Post Fab Four: A Tribute To The Monkees DL 
- British Electric Foundation: Little Bit Me Little Bit You
- Mekon vs PIG: Mary Mary
- Echoes: Pleasant Valley Sunday
- Killaflaw: Randy Scouse Git
I have to say it’s not much more than an iota or two from the vibe of the brilliant original! Presumably, H17 guitarist Tim Cansfield is all over the chunky, strummed acoustic guitar chords. Martyn Ware probably had a field day with the Farfisa organ patch on his synth. The robust handclaps are probably courtesy of a DAW but otherwise replicate the original astoundingly well. The backing vocals by [presumably] Kelly Barnes, Ware, and Billie Godfrey are a far cry from the synth funk they normally hit, but the “la-las” and counter harmonies are as effervescent as they need to be. The only concession to modernity, really, is the subtle synth bass underpinning the Farfisa on the lead melodies. Glenn Gregory sounds like he’s having as much fun singing it as I am in hearing it. The cold stops in the arrangement are abetted by the digital production which really gets it tight and “in the pocket.”
You’d have to go back to “These Boots Were Made For Walking” to get a comparable vibe from B.E.F. and really, the vocals here are a lot better! This little tributary was sparked by Wall Of Sound head honcho Mark Jones wanting to do something to commemorate Davy Jones after his recent demise, so he contacted Jones’ four daughters and proposed the tribute EP concept with all profits going to the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation! Well, all right, then! H17/B.E.F. fans that don’t grab at least this track are really missing out on some wild fun. Available at all of the usual digital retailers.
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