The last stop on Rocket From The Crypt's 2013 UK tour was on December 7th in Dublin. It wrapped up their tour and also wrapped up the Hits The Monkey Islands tour 7" series. The final band covered was The Boomtown Rats. This was another band that I was not at all familiar with, so until I searched out and fired up the original, I didn't really have much to compare Rocket's version to.
While the The Boomtown Rats' version of "My Blues Away" is a harmonica tinged stomper; Rocket From The Crypt's take is a little more robust. They keep the descending honky tonk guitar riff, but add on a generous amount of cowboy bar style piano banging. The horns are more sparse here than on any other 7" in the set, but when they kick in, it really adds emphasis. Parts remind me a little of "Killy Kill," but this is another song that really stands out in Rocket's catalog of covers.
That wraps up the series, sadly. Being able to see Rocket From The Crypt again this past year was a real treat. They are the best live band that has ever walked the planet. The extra bonus of six new 7"s only makes this reunion even better. I know no one in the band has confirmed or denied the possibility of a new album, but after these six cover songs I want to hear new music from Rocket From The Crypt more than ever.
Rocket From The Crypt - My Blues Away:
The Boomtown Rats - My Blues Away: