If there is one thing that MES likes doing, it’s covering, some would say murdering other peoples songs. Everything from rockabilly to heavy metal to disco is up for grabs. Some of the time it is just a godawful mess for example White Line Fever; more often than not, the re-interpretations are at least interesting if not wholly enjoyable. The list of diverse artists the Fall have covered include, Deep Purple, Gene Vincent, Franki Valli and William Blake.
The Other Half were a psych-rock band from, where else but Southern California who formed in the mid 60s and released one eponymous album in 1968. The track Mr Pharmacist was released as a single that year on GNP Crescendo Records and was later picked up and included on one of the Nuggets lps in the 80s.
The Fall recorded it for the Bend Sinister album and also released it as a single in 1986 and got to the heady heights of number 75 in the charts. I remember this and the gruppe’s cover of There’s A Ghost In My House being played at many a scooter dance around 86 – 88 both being tracks that could be slammed to.
The Other Half – Mr Pharmacist
And for those who haven’t heard it, the pretty faithful cover version.
The Fall – Mr Pharmacist