Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [Various Artists]
Double 7” single [pressed on translucent red & blue vinyl] featuring four artists’ interpretations of the Bond themes that Dame Shirley Bassey recorded between 1964 and 1979.
David Gedge teams up with Sleeper on the unused Thunderball theme, ‘Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’. The Left Outsides provide an atmospheric, pastoral, psychedelic take on ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. Darren Hayman [Hefner] re-imagines ‘Goldfinger’ with his own chorus of Bond girls. Last but not least, DJ Downfall and Theoretical Girl’s icy cool synth-pop ‘Moonraker’ will please fans of Ladytron.
Of his contribution, David says, “Last year The Wedding Present had a line-up change and our guitarist is now Jon Stewart, who is also in the band Sleeper, of whom I’m a big fan. When I was asked if I wanted to cover ‘Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ for a new James Bond project I mentioned it to Jon. I’m a sucker for any John Barry theme, anyway, so I was never going to say no to this idea, but I was especially delighted when Jon rounded up the rest of Sleeper for the recording! This track will also feature on a forthcoming Bond themes compilation album on which I’m currently working together with a host of other current and former associates of Cinerama and The Wedding Present.”
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – by Sleeper featuring David Gedge
Diamonds Are Forever – by The Left Outsides
Goldfinger – by Darren Hayman
Moonraker – by DJ Downfall featuring Theoretical Girl