I could’ve sworn I first heard of this band while watching one of my favourite chick flicks of all time, ’10 Things I Hate About You’ – a 1999 re-work of Shakespeare play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. I had thought that Kat (Julia Stiles) mentioned them as her favourite band at the concert at Club Skunk – but I’ve been searching Google and I can’t find the reference anywhere…

Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun

Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun

Even so, this is a perfect track for a hot Summer’s day – originally released in the early 1980s but a far cry from the pop-rock one would expect from that era:

Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun

Upbeat rock with great isolated beats perfect for stopping in the street mid-stride to air drum*.

Someone also recommended Nouvelle Vague to me as they’re playing a free gig at Pure Groove Records this evening. If you, like me, are not going to be able to make this, the French New Wave/Lounge-ers are back in October at the Roundhouse (details on the London Gigs page).

Why is this relevent…? There’s a funky cover they did of ‘Blister In The Sun’ up on their MySpace at the moment…which is what prompted me to write this post. Also on hypem.

Nouvelle Vague – Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes cover, hypem)

*HEALTH & SAFETY WARNING: This may increase the risk of the people walking behind you punching you in the back of the head