Friday Night Music Byte

We hope you enjoyed last night’s music byte which highlighted the song “Sweet Jane” being performed in two very different variations by Lou Reed. Well, since we like that particular song so much, tonight’s music byte consists of the Cowboy Junkies‘ version.

Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative rock band. The group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by Michael (songwriter, guitarist), Margo (vocalist) and Peter Timmins (drummer), and Alan Anton (bassist).

The Junkies first performed publicly at the Beverley Tavern and other clubs in Toronto’s Queen Street West, including The Rivoli. Their 1986 debut album, produced by Canadian producer Peter Moore, was the blues-inspired Whites Off Earth Now!!,ambisonic microphone in the family garage. recorded using an

The group’s fame spread with their second album, The Trinity Session, recorded in 1987 at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Their sound, again using the ambisonic microphone, and their mix of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz earned them both critical attention and a cult following. The Los Angeles Times named the recording as one of the ten best albums of 1988.

The Trinity Session was recorded live on a single Calrec stereo microphone at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto by producer Peter J. Moore. This album also included a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” based on the 1969 Live album version rather than the studio version from Loaded. The single featured in the films Natural Born Killers and The Good Girl.

The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991. In the early 1990s Margo Timmins was named “one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world” by People Magazine. The group has continued to tour North America, Europe, Japan and Australia with extensive North American and European tours following album releases in 2002 and 2004. In June 2007, Cowboy Junkies performed alongside the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall conducted by Keith Lockhart. The program was titled Edgefest. In 2008, they released Trinity Revisited in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the original recording of The Trinity Session.

Please enjoy the Cowboy Junkies rendition of “Sweet Jane.”


Posted on December 5, 2009, in Songs, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Absolutely spine-tinglingly brilliant, heavenly and fantastic.

    The Cowboy Junkies haven’t added any new arrangements to the song, and it couldn’t be any more stripped-down, but the sheer perfection of their version makes it almost completely new. And Margo does have a better singing voice than Lou.

    As a Byte, it’s almost more than one can chew!

  2. Well said, BigPete. My heart stopped when I saw this version. I can’t even articulate anything other than to agree with you completely.

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