Thursday, July 16, 2020

16 July 2020 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Let the Day Begin (with a Call-back)

Welcome, Wicked Guilty Pleasures readers!

This song was originally done by a band called The Call, and you can hear the original version here.  The songwriter and lead vocalist of The Call was Michael Been.

When BRMC started, their lead vocalist went by the name Robert Turner - but it wasn't his real name.  His real name was Robert Levon Been, and he is the son of Michael Been.   By the time their third album was released, he went to his given name.

Michael was very proud of his song, and in 2010, he was acting as a sound engineer at a BRMC appearance at the Pukkelpop festival in Belguim.  He suffered a fatal heart attack backstage soon after the band's appearance.

In 2013, Robert's band recorded their own version of his father's best known song, and it is a hell of a song.

That same year, The Call reformed for a couple of shows, with the younger Been on vocals.

Back to BRMC, though.  It is apparent how much it means to Robert to be playing his father's song.  It is no carbon copy, either - he makes the song his own. 

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