Honouring his royal Boss-ness in Kilburn


Is there a better way to celebrate the 4th of July than channeling Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce? I think not.

The Pop Uppers ventured to Kilburn yet again for another covers night at the Good Ship. This time the chosen album was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA – the classic album cover shot of Bruce’s Bum with a hanky served as a rather lovely backdrop projected to the back of the stage. Due to lack of air conditioning and sunny weather (shock!) it did feel like being in the USA, i.e. deepest swamp-land Georgia – with added Star-Spangled bunting and roughly every other person wearing jeans and checked shirt although best outfit award goes to Harry in jeans, white T-shirt and bandana!

The night kicked off with Born in the U.S.A. – not as pro-American as you might think! (google the lyrics kids!). A wide array of cover styles made for an interesting listen, quite a few bands did their own “take” on the songs rather than producing just a straightforward version. One band did a very Nick Cave like cover ,another decided that Glory Days needed to be slowed down and lots of feedback / grunge / distortion added.

The song we covered was I’m on Fire (don’t google the lyrics kids!). Lucy the organiser did a great introduction and got the entire pub to be very quiet for us. Not an easy task but everyone hushed and was listening very intently – we even had a few peeps swaying their mobiles (great tip Anthony!) and one old school lighter sway – result!

Last song of the evening was Dancing in the Dark – another great cover and despite the stifling heat most people were dancing and I even spotted two members of our bass section headbanging!

The next covers night will be Kate Bush – Hounds of Love…. ooooooooh yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

– written by Heike


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