Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Queen Is 25

"Like the Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen, the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead was designed as a state-of-the-nation address. The parallels are many: explicit criticism of the monarchy as a pillar of the existing class system; the toughest hard rock as the most effective method of making your point; lyrics that are a blast of eloquent rage from the standpoint of an outsider – in each case a young man of Irish extraction.

When The Queen Is Dead was released in June 1986, Britain was nearing the end of a second term of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government. The miners were vanquished, the "new right" triumphant. Acid house was still underground, while the Live Aid effect had smeared middle-brow values all over rock music.

There was surprisingly little dissidence expressed in popular culture, as the onset of CD software inaugurated a wave of retro marketing."
John Savage, The Guardian, December 15th, 2010

Twenty five years on, this monumental album is the subject of The Queen Is 25, the very first Cover Lovers exclusive tribute compilation, comprising mostly of young, Greek independent artists and bands. Not unlike 80s Britain, Greece goes through the worst economic, political and institutional crisis of the last 60 years. Greece is burning. The Queen Is Dead is, once again, the perfect soundtrack.
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Photos and Videos are from The Queen Is 25's Cover Live at Gagarin 205

Betty loop loop - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Γιος της Αφής – Vicar In A Tutu + How Soon Is Now
Egg Hell - Frankly, Mr Shankly

Ilia Darlin – Never Had Noone Ever
Kid Flicks+ Saint Garlics – Cemetry Gates
Lumiere Brother - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
Matteus - Bigmouth Strikes Again

Nalyssa Green – The Queen Is Dead + Last Night I dreamt that Somebody Loved Me
Pan Pan - Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
Tax Collectors – The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

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