The Speedways “Borrowed & Blue” 10″

The SPEEDWAYS offer us 5 covers on 10″ vinyl. HANOÏ ROCKS‘ classic “11th Street Kids” sounds very similar to the original version, maybe a little more laid back, still a great opener! On the other hand, ABBA‘s marvellous hit “SOS” sounds like a cool a power pop song here, good job! Same thing with KRISTY MACCOLL‘s “They Don’t Know” which naturally becomes a SPEEDWAYS song. BILLY OCEAN‘s “Love Really Hurts” is given an early punk powerpop treatment that makes it almost sound like a BITERS song while ROKY ERICKSON‘s “Starry Eyes” is powered-up and really works well as such too. We all know we need to listen to a record like this these days, a real sunbeam in Covid times! /Laurent C.

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