Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
It is somewhat ironic that most people know only one song by The Only Ones— “Another Girl, Another Planet.” Originally released in 1978, it received minimal airplay and attention, but its reputation has grown exponentially over the years. The Allmusic review of the song asserts that it is “arguably, the greatest rock single ever recorded.” Of course, people will “argue” about anything, and choosing “Another Girl” as the greatest rock single ever is a bit of a reach, but you have to give the reviewer his due for taking a stand. It is a great song, and it is fitting that it ultimately received the acclaim that it deserved.
The Only Ones formed in London in 1976, led by distinctively anguished vocalist and songwriter Peter Perrett joined by guitarist/keyboard player John Perry, Alan Mair on bass, and drummer Mike Kellie. Featuring strong songwriting by Perrett and surprisingly (for punks of the era) competent playing by the band, they self-released a single, “Lovers of Today.” It sold well enough that a bidding war broke out among major labels looking for the next big thing. Continue reading »