Das Modell

I mentioned Kraftwerk’s The Model back in June when I stumbled across a cover of the song from the marvelously named George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

In September I discovered that DJ Cummerbund had helped a reluctant Rammstein find their funky junk.

When Rammstein covers The Model, I think we’ve hit Peak Teuton.

Obviously, this is not the official music video for the song and, as far as I can tell, none exists. The footage in the above video is taken from Domino, the 2005 film starring Keira Knightley. It does work remarkably well, though.

Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)

Back in the summer of 2016 we went back to the UK to visit my parents in Wales. What was unusual was that we wanted to fit a wedding in the Midlands into the itinerary. Our solution was to sail overnight from Zeebrugge to Hull instead of taking the usual, and much quicker, Dover to Calais route.

The crossing went really well and the boys, especially the twins, were not only thrilled at being able to sleep on a boat, but also managed to sleep almost as soundly as I do. So much so that they still talk about it to this day, and we keep saying that we will do the North Sea crossing again just as soon as we can fit it around everything else.

Brexit and Covid-19, however, have conspired to put something of a fly in the ointment, however, leading P&O Ferries to announce it will end its crossing between Zeebrugge and Hull in April.

All is not lost, though:

The company’s more popular Rotterdam-Hull route, however, will continue.

So, since I usually post a song on Sundays, here’s The Beautiful South


I’ve always thought of Creep as being a very male song, which probably says more about me than it does about Radiohead.

But Haley Reinhart’s vocals on this vintage Postmodern Jukebox cover provide an incredibly effective reminder that everyone is a weirdo and none of us belong here.

Detroit 442

According to Last.fm, Sin Alley were formed in Lier, Antwerp in 1992. They released one album and two EPs before falling apart in 1996.

Detroit 442 was their second, and final, EP and the title track is (obvously) a cover, and a cover that really grows on you. Well, it certainly grew on my.

So, here’s the Belgian Rockabilly version of Blondie’s Detroit 442.


AC/DC’s Thunderstruck is, unsurprisingly, a much covered song. But I don’t think anyone ever thought to give it a classical makeover until the two cellists of 2Cellos decided to have a go.

On a side note, as I was writing this post, Alex wandered in, looked at the video I was watching and said: “That’s the man who sings Highway to Hell.”

My work is done.

Fighting crime, trying to save the world

Everyone must remember The Powerpuff Girls, the most adorable superheroes ever. They were unleasehd on the world at the turn of the milennium and, even though I was probably way too old for this at the time, I was quite a fan.

The surprisingly catchy end theme was written and recorded by Scottish pop-punk band, Bis. Now there’s a metal version, courtesy of The Snake Charmer, who has added the inevitable bagpipes to the mix

Because everything is better with bagpipes.