Exposé Online banner

Sidewalk Society — The Action / Bowie
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 73, 2016, 7")

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-09-03

The Action / Bowie Cover art

California’s Sidewalk Society returned this August to the Fruits de Mer roster with four cover tunes, two by The Action and two by David Bowie. FdM is noted for resurrecting obscure bands and songs and The Action is no exception. The Action were a 60s UK band who released a number of RnB and then psych singles, but never an album. For this release the Sidewalk Society’s David Lawrence decided to cover a couple of demo versions by The Action and a couple of obscure Bowie tracks from the late 60s. Each side of the 7-inch contains a Bowie cover followed by an Action cover. Side One starts with “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” the first single released after David changed his last name to Bowie. This cover has a garage rock 60s feel and there is some resemblance in the vocals to Bowie. The second song is “Look at the View,” a song with a West Coast feel and inspiration from The Byrds. This is a hippy-dippy song full of sunshine and flowers. Side Two starts with a cover of Bowie’s “Let Me Sleep Beside You.” The original is somewhat sinister, but the Sidewalk Society’s trippy psych version is great and it features a cool violin break. The fourth track is The Action’s “Strange Roads,” a happy upbeat song with strumming rhythm guitar and a tasteful lead. Quite a nice little package of some songs most of us have not heard before.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): David Bowie, Sidewalk Society, The Action

Latest news

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Lonely China Day - This Easily Assimilative People – I wrote about this Chinese band’s previous CD back in #36. On this latest effort, they continue their path moving away from sounds typical of rock bands and further into the esoteric realms of...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues