Happy birthday Justin Harwood

According to my 2000 Luna calendar…

Happy birthday to Luna’s first bassist Justin Harwood

Luna out on a chilly photoshoot

Justin watches Galaxie 500 in Amsterdam in Novermber 1989

Justin’s fab web series The High Road is just filming it’s second series so in preparation you should (re-)watch the first series

Luna – This Time Around

1996 – Pradejon, Spain
Photo: Rosa Faus

Luna (social) reunion, July 2014

Just nabbed these from Facebook/Instagram. Luna’s last line-up lining up again (but just for a few photos).

Lee, Britta, Dean & Sean - July 2014
Lee, Britta, Dean & Sean – July 2014

Sean & Dean - July 2014
Sean & Dean – July 2014

Lee and Britta (July 2014)
Lee and Britta (July 2014)

Dean, Sean, Britta and Lee (July 2014)
Dean, Sean, Britta and Lee (July 2014)

Here’s what happened last time they shared a stage… almost 10 years ago

MP3: Luna – 23 Minutes in Brussels – Bowery Ballroom, NYC 2005

Thanks to the photographers whose splendid work I’ve pinched without permission

Originals: Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses (covered by Luna)

Young at heart
You see I didn’t think this through fully. Back when I started this series and was posting tracks by Big Star, Caetono Veloso, Joanthan Richman and Nancy Sinatra, it didn’t cross my mind that the day would eventually arrive when I’d have to post a Guns N’ Roses video to AHFoW. Well, today that day has arrived.

Sweet Child o’ Mine was recorded for Guns N’ Roses 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction and was their only US number 1 single

Luna recorded the song as a b-side during the sessions for their fifth album The Days of Our Nights but US label at the time insisted they put it on the album. And then dropped the band before releasing it:

Here’s a radio session version from some time in 1999 (I have it listed as January 2000 but Justin is on the recording and had left the band by then so I guess the date is a broadcast date, not the recording date).
MP3: Luna – Sweet Child o’ Mine (World Café 1999)

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Originals: Straight Up by Paula Abdul (covered by Luna)

Tree tops
Straight Up was written by musician, songwriter and producer Eliott Wolff for Paula Abdul in 1988. That version spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989, and was certified platinum.

Luna’s version was released posthumously on the Guilty Pleasures compilation. The song was recorded around the time of Romantica but the album was shelved and didn’t see the light of day until 2007. When I first heard of its existence I asked Dean about it…

“Straight Up” was suggested by the A&R guy. I told him it wasn’t a guilty pleasure of mine – I simply don’t like the song. But it turned out okay.

MP3: Luna – Straight Up (Paula Abdul cover)

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