Y'know, I'd like to offer you context about my re-up of this proto-alt-country collection of Johnny Cash covers done at his career's nadir by a bunch of British post-punkers like Mark Riley of The Fall, Jon Langford of the Mekons (who together were the executive producers), Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks, Mary Mary of Gaye Bykers on Acid, Mark Almond of Soft Cell et al but Graeme Thompson over at The Guardian did it so well right HERE.
To learn about twenty-three covers that prove that Johnny Cash always kept in touch with the underside of culture, please go read (and listen to) THIS POST, of which I take great pride in.
1 Michelle Shocked – One Piece At A Time 3:38
2 Stephen Mallinder – I Walk The Line 2:11
3 Steve Mack – Rosanna's Goin' Wild 1:55
4 Sally Timms – Cry, Cry, Cry 3:01
5 David McComb – Country Boy 1:48
6 Marc Riley – Wanted Man 2:42
7 Pete Shelley – Straight 'A's In Love 1:45
8 Cathal Coughlan – Ring Of Fire 2:25
9 Tracey + Melissa Beehive – 5 Feet High And Risin' 1:39
10 Brendan Croker – Home Of The Blues 2:33
11 Mary Mary – Boy Named Sue 3:32
12 Mekons – Folsom Prison Blues 3:19
13 Marc Almond – Man In Black 3:08
Note: Sure Michelle Shocked is going through a bad patch right now (were it not ever so?) but that doesn't reflect on the quality of this record in the slightest.
What do you make of this early attempt to restore some lost cool to Johnny Cash's reputation? Leave us a COMMENT to let us know what you think.