I first discovered Mark Ronson (as I do most of music) while listening to KCRW. He has a pretty interesting Bio.

Here’s a snip:

DJ Mark Ronson is a sought-after turntablist, born to rock royalty, who’s worked with such diverse artists as Macy Gray, Jay-Z, and comedian Jimmy Fallon. The son of legendary rock guitarist Mick Ronson and the stepson of guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner

flickr image courtesy of user radio1interactive His recent work titled “Version” features a diverse pairing of songs and vocalists. One song is a cover of The Smiths “Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before”. I’m a big fan of The Smiths (glad to see Johnny Marr join Modest Mouse) and have continued to follow Morrissey, and had heard the original song more times than I can count. I’m not easily impressed by cover songs, yet this one caught my ear by surprise. You can listen to the original and watch the video on Youtube here as a reference.

Morrissey-solo.com writes:

The segueing with The Supremes’ “You Just Keep Me Hangin’ On” is just one of many remarkable points on this excellently wistful version.

You can read the rest here and on that same page I read a criticism regarding the “yeahs” in the song which I hadn’t really paid attention too until listening to it again closely. One of them actually occurs in what has to be one of the strangest lyrics ever uttered in a song. “And the pain was enough to make a shy, bald, buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder”. Although I agree that the “yeahs” are un-necessary (especially after that lyric) it didnt’ take away from my enjoyment of the song.

The vocalist on the track is Daniel Merriweather. You can learn more about him and hear the track on his (gulp) MySpace page.

I wasn’t very impressed by the video, but you can view it on Youtube if you are interested.

The rest of the songs on the CD are good and another one that really stands out is a cover of Radiohead’s Just. This CD is definitely worth checking out.

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