people only do covers when they cant write any new ones.
Whilst I think that is the case with some artists (Patti Smith did an LP last year of cover versions which is not very good), I think others do them as they actually like the songs and want to do their own version. (Bowies Pin Up's, Costello's Almost Blue. Richard Thompsons son Teddy did an excellent country covers LP last year, mainly because he had gotten so much into country music and he wanted to do his own spin on some of the songs.)
Okay! so cover albums do introduce people to stuff they wouldnt hear other wise. Yes "tODAYS sPECIALS" was a demo tape of Nevelles hed given to Paul Doggert ( an early M.K2 manager) who once worked for M.C.A and he met Ali Campbells manager on holiday in Jamaica.. I was totally against the idear of calling ourselves The Specials then trying to do a "Labour of Love" - Ubees jobby.. but as i was the only one with any new songs and i suppose the other guys were hardly into a Skabilly type album that Hong Kong Phoey happened. While i was on holiday ( my wife had booked it months before) during the mixing several tracks i had picked were quietly dropped and by the time i got back there wasnt time to bring them up to spec! Maybe i shoulda walked out then? But actually now,a,days there are a couple of tracks off that album i quite like*
Theres a couple tracks on the Roddy Radiation Anthology album... i think All Over Now was one of them .... but talking of Dropped Tracks ... Reckless Romance is one i wish had made The ' Guilty' album...personally i think its classic hard hitting Specials tune .....incidentally i quite like a few tracks on Todays Specials as well... i believe Take Five was a track the Original Specials either performed live or Demo'd at some point ?
Yes "All over now" was one that got dropped and "Proud Mary". "Reckless Romance" i wanted on the Guilty album but the band thought the songs topic too dodgy. The live version of "Take Five" was alot better than the studio version.