Elvis Costello: “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes”

Posted: January 15, 2014 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes” – Elvis Costello
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Hem vs. The Klank
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So Where Are the Strong, And Who Are the Trusted, And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!

Where Are the Strong, Who Are the Trusted, And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!


One of my favorite Elvis Costello songs; oddly (and sadly) enough, after a good amount of research I was only able to find a total of two covers for (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes.

“I Said I’m So Happy I Could Die …
She Said ‘Drop dead’ And Left With Another Guy”

Now that’s entertainment!

The Original


Elvis Costello:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Hem vs. The Klank



The Klank:

For some sinister reason I have not been able to identify many Elvis Costello covers. The handful of EC tribute releases that I have come across are either generally bland and unimaginative or released from very small labels that are difficult (or quite expensive) to acquire. But there does seem to be hope for the near future. Futureman Records will soon (hopefully) release “Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello”, which looks quite promising and, assuming the links below are accurate, will add 50 new EC covers to the vastly under-supplied market.



The Klank’s cover of (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes will be included on the Futureman tribute.

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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  1. Arnold Plotnick says:

    This song just doesn’t sound right with female lead vocals. The Klank do a pretty good version. The singer sounds a little like Elvis himself.

  2. RDubbs says:

    Two good, not great, covers. But given my love for this song I’m probably being a harsher critic than normal. Hem gets credit for creativity, slowing the song down to somewhat of a ballad. The problem is that this song is not a ballad; it’s a rant. And so I go Klank.

  3. bornunderabadsign says:

    I liked them both, but went with Hem. Like the soft country interpretation thought it worked, but also liked the Klank, their sound and energy took me back to the days when I was pogoing and slamming in the bars of Houston…

  4. Cuspid says:

    Two good choices, Dubbs. I enjoyed ’em both. Can’t say right now which one I like better.

  5. Arnie Plotnick says:

    C’mon Cuspid. Commit!!

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