In the mid-eighties, the Canadian New Wave band Platinum Blonde released a song called “Not In Love.” While they achieved hometown success, they remained relatively obscure to the masses. At best, consider them kitschy, but they were never the front-runners of New Wave. And it’s tempting to suggest Platinum Blonde caught a revival when Crystal Castles, featuring Robert Smith, covered “Not In Love” last year. However, Crystal Castles made a far more popular, better-crafted version of the song, leaving Platinum Blonde to remain largely unknown.
Quickies rounds up new can’t-miss covers. Download ‘em below.
• The upcoming Beat L.A. comp raises money for Doctors Without Borders’ work in Haiti through new covers. The first listen is Crystal Antlers, doing a grungy punk version of Black Randy and the Metrosquad’s 1980 track “I Slept in an Arcade.”
MP3: Crystal Antlers – I Slept in an Arcade (Black Randy and the Metrosquad cover)