The Rich Girls Are Weeping

20 January 2006

It can never be said that head Decemberist Colin Meloy doesn't have fantastic taste in music -- especially when it comes to the things that really influenced him. On his latest solo EP -- limited to 2000 copies, most of which I imagine are gone now, even though he just set out on his latest solo tour -- Colin pays tribute to one of the most important figures in the English folk revival of the '60's, Shirley Collins. In addition to having a fantastic career as a performer (with her sister Dolly), Collins is a champion of the preservation of the English folk song tradition and has pretty much devoted her life to gathering, cataloging, and arranging those songs, much in the same way that Martin Carthy and Nic Jones did as well. (She also accompanied Alan Lomax on his song collection foray into the Appalachians -- and whatever you may think of that, its importance in preserving the folk tradition cannot be denied.)

But I digress. Matt on You Ain't No Picasso scooped me here by posting Colin and Shirley's versions of "Charlie." I just listened to the entirety of Colin's EP and came to the conclusion that it's not nearly as interesting as his first solo EP, a tribute to Morrissey, which is unfortunate as Shirley Collins certainly deserves more exposure, especially to fans of The Decemberists who may not otherwise know about her work. I was particularly disappointed with his version of one of my favorite folk songs, "Barbara Allen," but that makes me feel very crumudgeonly -- it's electric! Unfortunately, I don't have an mp3 of Collins' version to post for comparison, so instead of a repeat of yesterday's crabby posting of a sub-par cover and its inspiration, I'll instead post one of the tracks from Colin's EP I did like!

Colin Meloy -- Dance to Your Daddy
Shirley Collins -- Dance to Your Daddy

Shirley Collins -- Just As the Tide Was Flowing
10,000 Maniacs -- Just As the Tide Was A Flowing

(Highly recommended, the Shirley Collins box set, Within Sound.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

has he ever mentioned Neutral Milk Hotel as an influence? ;)



Friday, January 20, 2006 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

I'm sure he must have, at some point, Jimmy. (; I'll Google it. Ha!

Friday, January 20, 2006 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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i just found your blog, and wow. it's wonderful! good job good job.


Saturday, January 21, 2006 6:57:00 AM  
Blogger carolyn rhea drapes aka chacal said...

what is is about the barbara allen that you don't like (besides its being plugged-in)? you put that out there like you could have been a dylan-hater for going electric. as a side bar, ran across this, too...

Saturday, January 21, 2006 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger evan said...

just discovered your blog. nice work! i'll be blogrolling you soon.

Saturday, January 21, 2006 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

yeah, i too am impressed

Monday, January 23, 2006 4:58:00 AM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

chacal: i guess it's not so much that it's electric, it's more that i guess i don't care for the way he adapted it to the electric guitar. i will send it to you. (;

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

brian, ekko, and satisfied -- i enjoy all y'alls blogs too -- thank you!

Monday, January 23, 2006 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger aeillill said...

If you don't like the version of BArbara Allen on the EP, may I recommend the live version he did on KEXP - it's a million times better in my opinion

you can get a copy of the song here:

Sunday, January 29, 2006 1:30:00 AM  

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