“Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys” is not a song you’d expect Black Lips to cover, but alas here it is, on the A side of this year’s Record Store Day split 7″ single from Saddle Creek with Icky Blossoms. And it works very well. Originally by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, the song is remade slightly here with what I can only describe as a slightly drunk swagger. Black Lips propel the song along nicely with a little slide guitar and a southern drawl. It’s not the typical Black Lips, but there’s plenty here to like.
This single is my introduction to Omaha’s Icky Blossoms. The band features multi-instrumentalist Derek Pressnall of Tilly And The Wall (among other projects). The band released their self-titled debut on Saddle Creek last year (which, of course, I missed). Here they present their own cover: “Arabian Knights” by Siouxie and the Banshees. I love the thick synth lines Icky Blossoms employ from the beginning. Softly melodic vocals heighten the song’s surreal, dreamy nature.
This was the second item I grabbed at this year’s Record Store Day. The single is limited to 1,000 copies on purple vinyl. Check out the Black Lips cover below: