THE BEATKINGS - "Sitting On My Sofa" / "I Don't Mind" / "I Just Want To Make Love To You" (King Bee Records) 1995
Wow, here's a way cool garage punk 45 from Groningen, Holland. The top side is one of the BEST Kinks covers you'll ever hear. A wall of guitar feedback introduces 'Sitting On My Sofa' then the mod riff kicks in, add gruff vocals from Jeroen De Jong, sprinkle some garage screams before a fuzz solo and you've got an instant 90s classic.
The other side contains two more covers. The first is James Brown's 'I Don't Mind'. The Beatkings interpret this song so much better than The Who did on My Generation album. The soul vibe of the song is retained but to me it sounds more beaty.
Willie Dixon's 'I Just Want To Make Love To You' is also given a cover treatment. This ones a fine R&B workout with strong powerful vocals, harmonica and a dirty guitar sound.
This 45 obviously has the EXPO67 seal of approval. Buy it if you see it up for sale.
Songs were recorded at Studio 44, Groningen on 24th June 1995.
The record is in glorious mono for that authentic touch.
The Beatkings were:
Jeroen De Jong (lead vocals, bass, harmonica)
Koos Keus (drums)
E.J. Kloosterboer (guitar and production)