Thursday, 7 August 2008

Good habit…

Here’s a nice little story. About 20 years ago somebody I worked with asked me if I had heard of The Leather Nun. I said “Yes, they did a version of an Abba song” (I couldn’t remember which) but that’s all I knew. He said “If you like them you might as well have this” and gave me a CD called Force of Habit which he had won in a competition and didn’t like. It was actually quite a generous gesture as we didn’t particularly get on but he knew I liked less mainstream music. I thanked him kindly, half listened to it a couple of times and put it away.

I mention this now because I thought it might be nice to post the Abba cover what with all the Abba mania presently going on, so I dug the CD out of its hiding place in the garage and listened to it properly for the first time. Guess what – it’s pretty damn good. The Leather Nun are a Swedish band* and Force of Habit is actually a ‘Greatest Hits’ CD. The main influence is obviously Velvet Underground/Lou Reed but there are also elements of Throbbing Gristle, Iggy Pop and even a hint of Roxy Music. A quick Amazon search suggests none of their albums are currently available in the UK, which is a shame.

The Abba cover, Gimme Gimme Gimme, is actually one of the weaker songs so I’ve decided to post some others to better represent the disc.

mp3: The Leather Nun - Jesus Came Driving Along

mp3: The Leather Nun - For The Love of Your Eyes
Or should that be For The Love of Your Pale Blue Eyes?

mp3: The Leather Nun - Gimme Gimme Gimme

mp3: The Leather Nun - F.F.A.
The funkiest song on the album. Parental Advisory: My kids were in the room when I was first listening to it and I had to reach for the skip button pretty sharpish.

See this fan site for more information.
*Surely Kippers or Spike should really be posting this.