Courtney Barnett Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)Third Man Records 7”
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Ged M - Nov 2, 2015
Boxing Day Blues was the comedown final track on the Sometimes I Sit And Think… album. For Jack White’s label (and a Jack White production), Courtney B revisits the idea as an easy rhythmic blues with a woozy, regretful hangover feel. With her trademark wordplay, ‘Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)’ is full of a sense of party over, which, for her, it certainly isn’t. She pairs it with a cover of a cult record by a cult Melbourne band, The Boys Next Door’s ‘Shivers’. She captures perfectly Rowland Howard’s ironic lyrics of adolescent anguish and the black humour in a cover version that works in its own right while sending you back for a shot of the original too.