The Clapping Song EP - The Rebelles (RB Records)

rebellesIf I was going to ask for a cover before I die, "The Clapping Song" would be close to the bottom of my bucket list. Sorry, the Belle Stars fucked this one forever in the '80s.

That said, this girl group choir from Melbourne makes a good fist of it and three other cover tunes on their debut EP. Backed by a handful of guys, the identical bobs-and-sunnies wearing Rebelles mix sass and garage soul to light up the turntable. Top of the tree is their cover of "Baby I Love You", the original of which was by the Ronettes but their treatment betraying a deep and abiding love for the Ramones. Mikey (Eddy Current Suppression Ring) Young's production is a lot less lush than Phil Spector's. It's all fun.

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