Monday, July 9, 2012

100 Cover Versions #64: Strawberry Switchblade cover 'Jolene' by Dolly Parton

In my list of all time favourite songs from the 1980s high in that list is Since Yesterday by Strawberry Switchblade which was a hit for them in 1984 when it got to number 5 in the UK singles charts and number 6 here in Ireland. I can still remember buying that copy of Smash Hits magazine pictured above with them on the cover. Strawberry Switchblade were Jill Bryson and Rose McDowell and they put Scotland on the pop map in the mid 1980s with their sound and own wonderful look. 

Since Yesterday was their only top ten hit. The follow up Let Her Go was also a good song and deserved to be a hit. One other song that I always liked by them was their cover of Jolene by Dolly Parton. Like 9 to 5 or Here You Come Again it is a song that you really most identify with Dolly but Strawberry Switchblade definitely made the song their own when they covered it in 1985.

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