The rowdy Boston octet deliver a lively cover of the glam classic on the 50th anniversary of its writing and recording
What we have here on The Whole Kameese is what is known as a “Win- Win situation “ We are huge Bowie fans here at The Whole Kameese and…. We also love us some Smitt E Smitty & The Feztones . So when we heard that Smitt E Smitty & The Feztones were covering “Rebel Rebel “ We quickly rearranged our day and gave it a proper listen.
You can listen to “Rebel Rebel “ on Spotify Here and you can watch the video below
We knew that Smitt E Smitty & The Feztones would put an unforgettable spin on the Bowie classic and boy were we right .
The streaming release to all major platforms comes on the heels of a widespread radio response to Smitty’s re-launched “Rebel Rebel,” with a special premiere on The Rodney Bingenheimer Show on SiriusXM’s Underground Garage and the Number 1 spot on the global Radio Indie Alliance chart, with dozens of stations and shows around the world joining the party.
And coolest part of all of this…… The track arrives at a special time, as Smitt E. Smitty, the Detroit-born and Boston-based musician unleashes his version of “Rebel Rebel” exactly 50 years after it was first recorded by Bowie at Trident Studios in London, just before its February 1974 release as the lead single to iconic album Diamond Dogs. And there’s a personal tie, too, as Smitty’s first band, synth-pop cult mainstays Figures on a Beach, also recorded their debut album for Sire Records at Trident back in the ‘80s. So it’s all coming full-circle for Smitty, who has assembled The Fezztones as the raucous band fit and ready to shine a light back on one of the greatest songs of all time.
I have wanted to cover this David Bowie song for quite some time,” Smitty says. “Long before he passed away in 2016. We did a version of ‘Panic in Detroit’ for our debut live performance at ONCE in Somerville. We did it again in Detroit at The Detroit All-Star Garage Rock Punk Revue III. The song killed. But I wanted to do a different Bowie song for our performance at the Jamaica Plain Music Festival in 2019. This version of ‘Rebel Rebel’ is ostensibly the version we played live for that event. It came off wonderfully. I knew then and there, I wanted to record it.”
Well we are more than glad that he did record the results are absolutely amazing .
The band is just getting started with “Rebel Rebel” as they plan more music releases with bands new home of Code 213 Records.the brainchild of Dennis Chuning
And to cover “Rebel Rebel,” Smitty took a simple approach that’s fairly fool-proof: WWDBD?
The mindset I used for our ‘Rebel Rebel cover was… if this wasn’t a David Bowie song and David Bowie was going to do a cover of it, ‘What would David Bowie do?’ Basically, make the song your own,” Smitty notes. “Don’t do a carbon copy. Be original. Fresh. I feel confident we were able to do just that. I am very happy with the result.”
Smitt E Smitty & The Feztones knock it way out of the park with their better than amazing cover of “Rebel Rebel “
Smitt E Smitty & The Fezztones are Smitt E. Smitty, vocal,Linda Bean Pardee,Backing vocals, JoEllen Saunders Yannis,Backing vocals, Linda Twiss Gioscia,Backing vocals, James Melanson,Guitar,Eddie Nowick,Guitar, Andrew Padua,Bass, Jonathan LaMaster,Violin and theremin and Michael Gioscia,Drums