Originals: Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Betty Amann in de film Asphalt
Another one that slipped through the net (and another one that I missed in the Fs – I was obviously a bit careless back then).

Femme Fatale was written by Lou Reed when Andy Warhol asked him to write a song about Edie Sedgewick. The song was sung by Nico and was on their 1967 LP The Velvet Underground & Nico LP (and on the b-side of a Sunday Morning 7″).

Here’s Nico with Cale and Reed performing it in 1972

Damon and Naomi recorded the track with Ghost (at Ghosts suggestion) in the sessions for their album Damon & Naomi with Ghost however the track never got released until the 2012 reissue of the album when it appeared on a bonus 7″ single with some copies (the other side of the 7″ also got missed in this series – that’s coming next week!).

You can still buy copies of the LP with the 7″ single from Damon & Naomi’s shop.

I actually don’t have this track digitally so you’ll have to imagine how great it is… and it is at least that!

Originals: You Turned My Head Around by Ann-Margret (covered by Dean and Britta)

1966 ... Ann Margret as paintbrush!
You Turned My Head Around was written by Lee Hazelwood and first released by singer and actress Ann-Margret on a single on LHI Records in 1968. It also got released (as You Turn My Head Around) on the re-issue of the Lee Hazlewood/Ann-Margret CD The Cowboy and The Lady in 2000.

Dean & Britta’s cover was on their 2007 album Back Numbers and was called You Turned My Head Around, it was accompanied by this lovely video, where it’s called You Turn My Head Around.

The inconsistent naming was beginning to bother me… so much so that I wrote a blog post moaning about it… Dean then emailed me to clear things up (a little)…

My original 7″ single calls the song “You Turned My Head Around”, which is how it is registered with the songwriting society also, so that’s what I went with for our CD.

But on the Lee Hazlewood CD “The Cowboy and the Lady” (the song was not on the original vinyl release of that album, but was added as a bonus to the CD) it is listed as “You Turn”.

Originals: Watashi no Hana by Kazuki Tomokawa (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Flower - watercolour and ink

Another one that slipped through the net…

Kazuki Tomokowa is, according to his short biog on Discogs, a “Prolific Japanese folk singer, songwriter, poet, essayist, actor, betting tipster and artist”. Here’s his original of Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – cursory Googling has provided precious little more about the song (in English).

Damon & Naomi performed the track live a number of times and released a live version (recorded in Tokyo in 2004) on the free 7″ single given away with the Drag City re-release of Damon & Naomi With Ghost.
MP3: Watashi no Hana (My Flower) – Damon & Naomi

Originals: Yoo Doo Right by CAN (covered by Damon and Naomi)


Yoo Doo Right was 20 minutes long when released on CAN’s Monster Movie LP in 1969, probably because 20 minutes was long enough for one side of a record. The song however had been edited down from a 6 hour live improvised concert held at Schloss Nörvenich, CAN’s castle in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Damon & Naomi’s live cover was recorded at TT The Bears in Cambridge, MA in April 1998 with Masaki Batoh and Michio Kurihara – this clocks in at a mere 6 minutes but is still pretty damned fantastic. It was released as a seven inch single of Grimsey Records with the cover of Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue on the flip.

MP3: Damon & Naomi & Batoh & Kurihara – Yoo Doo Right

Originals: The World’s Strongest Man by Scott Walker (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Motion picture scene (1916)
The World’s Strongest Man was written by Scott Walker and released in 1969 on host legendary LP Scott 4.

Damon & Naomi’s cover first appeared in 2009 on the Scott Walker tribute album 30th Century Man that was released to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The track subsequently turned up on the flip of the Walking Backwards single on Great Pop Supplement.

MP3: Damon and Naomi – The World’s Strongest Man