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December 11th, 2009

Heinz

Working on a lot of different posts at the moment, mostly new things, but thought this little parallel/connection was interesting. Heinz is a singer from the early 60’s probably best known for being the bassist of The Tornados on their international hit single Telstar and also landing a big single of his own shortly after. He was fortunate enough to cross paths with Joe Meek who produced much of his work. Together the two crafted some pretty incredible songs with Meeks buddy holly channeling, intergalactic summoning production and composing style (always more to come about Meek, guy is easily one of the most underappreciated artists of the 60’s and has many records that have yet to surface). To the point, I’m almost more taken with this Heinz cover of Three Steps to Heaven than the original by Cochran. With its otherworldly girl group back up vocals and eerie lead vocals Heinz definitely makes the song his own.  I think it has some pretty familiar riffage to it that Bowie seemed to borrow a decade later for 1971’s Queen Bitch. I love the Cochran original, but Meeks production on the Heinz version just adds something else to it.

Heinz – Three Steps to Heaven

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Bowie – Queen Bitch

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and another great Heinz track:

Heinz – She Ain’t Coming Back

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2 Comments »

  1. Three steps to heaven is a faithful Eddie Cochrane cover

    Comment by Stewart — December 13, 2009 @ 12:10 am
  2. Haha, you’re right..I was going to update the post when I heard Eddies version come on again. I’ve been on a pretty heavy Eddie Cochran kick lately, must’ve worked its way into my head.

    Comment by Devin — December 13, 2009 @ 12:20 am

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