Here's an extract from one of these concerts in Montreal
If one of the comments to this video is to be believed,
new shows would be lined up for March 2009 in Tokyo. One will watch closely
news posted on Lewis Furey's official website , crossing one's fingers hoping
that Lewis Furey will soon perform in France with this live set-up !
here are five photographs taken on the set of the
film "Fantastica" (circa 1979-1980) by Charles
Lewis Furey covered by others
Lewis Furey has written many songs for others. As for himself, to my
knowledge, he has only covered one song ("Ordinaire" by Robert Charlebois,
in english under the title "Ordinary guy" on "The sky is falling").
His own songs, still to my knowledge, have rarely been covered y others.
Here are the three instances I am aware of :
Tom Robinson covered "Closing the door"
on stage in 1979. A version can be found on the record "Cabaret '79"
released in 1982 (rereleased
in 1997 by Castaway Northwest) ; I don't know this record, but Tom
Robinson introduces the song like this :
"Well... good evening and welcome and thank you for coming - this IS
a gay show, you realise? (Camp voice: "Well I didn't for a start")
Well you're not getting a refund !! This is a song by Lewis Furey, who is
a strange Canadian: somebody sent me an album of his - that was only released
in the U.S. - about 3 years ago, I tried to make all my friends listen to
it. It had stuff like 'The Hustler's Tango' on it: "You say you want
to rape, rape me b...baby, first you know you've got, you've got to pay, pay,
the match is fixed, set up, set up already, you're gonna wrestle
with an angel..." then all the backing singers go, er... "Do you
wanna make a deal..."
I'm not going to play that one - I'll play you another one of his... "
(Closing the door)
Tom Robinson again, but in the studio in 1982, covered
another song from the "Lewis Furey" album, which he really must
have liked: "Love comes", on the album "North by Northwest"
in 1997 by Castaway Northwest)
If the gay discography by Hans Christophersen, that
was available on the web at one point, is to be believed the "Beminnen"
album by a belgian guy named Luc Bral, released in 1979, should contain at
least one Lewis Furey song, probably a cover in dutch, but as I can't trasnlate
the titles, It's impossible for me to tell which.
Here's what this discography said :
Luc Bral: "Beminnen", Jojo 21002
Belgium 1979. Dutch/French. Gay pop/cabaret. LP.
Songs by Luc Bral / Lewis Furey et al.
Side 1: Thuis (4:16); Lekkere Pim[?] (3:33); Engel (2:40); Angelo (4:05);
Je Ne Veux Que Toi (5:13).
Side 2: Als Ik Bedenk (3:10); Mijn Lief (2:11); Nacht Vol Kleuren (3:32);
Ode Aan de Nacht (2:13); Ballade Van De Schone Jonker (8:07).
In 2004, Sabine, from Holland, writes :
"I have a small addition to make: in the "Lewis Furey covered by
others" section you write about an album by Flemish artist Luk (with
a k) Bral. It was actually released in 1977 and the song "Lekker pijn"
(not "Lekkere Pim"), which means "delicious pain", is
a cover of "Kinda shy". It is a long time since I have heard it,
but as far as I remember it was not a literal translation. I think it is the
only Lewis Furey cover on the album. Apart from being a singer/songwriter,
Luk Bral also had a radio programme on Belgian radio, called "Het Vlaams
liedboek" ("the Flemish songbook") if I remember correctly,
around 1976-1978. It is my favourite radio programme ever. In it he played
music by Jacques Brel, The Velvet Underground, Nico, David Bowie, Iggy Pop,
Jonathan Richman, and the like, but especially lots and LOTS of Lewis Furey."
Thank you Sabine for this information ! Luk Bral has his own website : http://www.geocities.com/lukbral/bralenglish.html
Almond covered "Hustler's tango" on stage when he played a series
of concerts at the Almeida Theatre in London in July 2004. The song is featured
on the "Sin
songs, torch and romance" DVD released in 2005 (I haven't watched