40 years ago today, the Clash released London Calling in the U.K. Revolution rock. The National takes on the LP’s “Clampdown” in MAGNET:
Happy birthday Beth Orton. Live as you dream. Read Beth in MAGNET on the Slits, Talking Heads, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu and more:
Happy 70th birthday Tom Verlaine (Television). Fun fact, Tom: If you added “Eric” to the front of your real name, you would have the same name as MAGNET’s editor: Eric Thomas Miller. Read East River Pipe in MAGNET on Verlaine:
Marshall Crenshaw has regained ownership of the five albums he issued on Razor & Tie Records. So the longtime MAGNET fave will release revised editions of the LPs—1996’s Miracle Of Science, 1999’s #447 and 2003’s What’s In The Bag?, plus 1994’s live My Truck Is My Home and 1998 collection The 9 Volt Years—on vinyl as well as all digital platforms via his Shiny-Tone label (distributed by Megaforce).
Crenshaw kicks things off January 17 with an overhauled Miracle Of Science, which features bonus tracks such as covers of Daniel Wylie’s “Misty Dreamer” and Michel Pagliaro’s “What The Hell I Got.” Aside from them, Crenshaw not only had changes made to the Grammy-nominated artwork, but he tinkered with a few of the songs themselves. “New” track “Rouh Na Selim Neves” is actually the LP’s “Seven Miles An Hour” backward.
Of the album’s handful of covers, the highlight has always been Crenshaw’s take on “Twenty-Five Forty-One.” The original song is off Intolerance, the debut solo album from Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart. It’s hard to believe Hart’s version came out 30 years ago yesterday.
“’Twenty-Five Forty-One’ is one of my all-time favorite rock tracks, by anybody, not just me,” says Crenshaw. “It’s a classic song by the great Grant Hart, and the Nashville guys and I just blow it up real good. A beautiful explosion. I heard the Robert Forster cover version first and learned the backstory of the song later on. I know that it was personal for Grant, but it’s pretty relatable.”
We’re proud to premiere Crenshaw’s version of “Twenty-Five Forty-One” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out now.
44 years ago today, Patti Smith released debut album Horses. The air is still filled with the moves of you. Read Adam Goldberg, Sam Phillips, Rachael Yamagata, Swervedriver, Basia Bulat and more in MAGNET on Patti’s memoir Just Kids here.