Thought the bewildering popularity of sea shanties was set to be the most confusing musical development of 2021? Well, hold your horses: Tom Jones has handed his beer to the seafaring community and entered the fray.
Having forged a career as Wales’ favourite son and premier crooner, Jones’ newest single, a spoken-word cover of US singer-songwriter Todd Snider’s Talking Reality Television Blues, takes an unexpected, if welcome, side-step into the world of alternative rock.
Lyrically, it runs through the snowballing damage television has inflicted on the collective modern psyche – a bold move considering Jones is himself a reality TV star thanks to his judging role on the UK’s version of talent competition The Voice – ending with the not-at-all-pointed: ‘Then a show called The Apprentice came on and pretty soon/An old man with a comb-over had sold us the moon/We stayed tuned in, now here we are/Reality killed by a reality star‘.
Popular musicians turning to alternative sounds in a bid to appear hip to the beat is nothing new. When hair metal was all but wiped out by a tsunami of knitted cardigans and dirgy guitars, a number of those bands tried their hand at a mid-90s grunge album in an attempt to cling on to relevancy (yes, Def Leppard, we’re looking at you). But where many of them missed the mark, for Sir Tom it seems an unnervingly natural fit. Could this be the start of a glittering alt-rock career? Well, it’s 2021. Anything could happen.
Talking Reality Television Blues is taken from Jones’ upcoming covers album, Surrounded By Time, which is due on April 23. The full tracklisting is below.
Surrounded By Time tracklisting
1. I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall (Bernice Johnson Reagon)
2. The Windmills Of Your Mind (Michel Legrand/Alan & Marilyn Bergman)
3. Popstar (Yusuf/Cat Stevens)
4. No Hole In My Head (Malvina Reynolds)
5. Talking Reality Television Blues (Todd Snider)
6. I Won’t Lie (Michael Kiwanuka & Paul Butler)
7. This Is The Sea (Michael Scott)
8. One More Cup Of Coffee (Bob Dylan)
9. Samson And Delilah (Tom Jones, Ethan Johns, Mark Woodward)
10. Mother Earth (Tony Jo White)
11. I’m Growing Old (Bobby Cole)
12. Lazarus Man (Terry Callier)
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- Tom Jones - Green, Green Grass Of Home - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $9.60, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 03-Feb-2023 14:45)on February 8, 2023 at 10:47 am
TOM JONES Green, Green Grass Of Home (1966 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Promise Her Anything, Decca company paper sleeve F.22511)
- Tom Jones - A Boy From Nowhere - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $9.60, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 02-Feb-2023 16:17)on February 8, 2023 at 10:47 am
TOM JONES A Boy From Nowhere (1987 UK 4-track 7" vinyl E.P, also including Ill Dress You In Mourning, To Be A Matador and Dance With Death, picture sleeve OLE 1)
- Tom Jones - Delilah - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $24.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 27-Jan-2023 13:11)on February 8, 2023 at 10:47 am
TOM JONES Delilah (1968 UK 12-track mono vinyl LP on the red 'unboxed' Decca logo 'ffr' label, front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve is in great condition with minimal laminate creasing or shelfwear & the vinyl is superb with only light inaudible surface marks to indicate play - a great copy! LK4946)
- Tom Jones - Situation - UK - 12" vinyl - Promo - £8.49, $10.19, €9.51 (New Item) (arrived 19-Jan-2023 09:54)on February 8, 2023 at 10:47 am
TOM JONES Situation (1995 UK Z.T.T. pink label DJ promotional vinyl 12" featuring the Youth Mixes including Aggressive Attitude Part II Mix and Sorrow Always Leads To Love Mix, housed in a custom stickered die-cut sleeve SAM1544)
- Tom Jones - Live At Caesars Palace, Las Vegas - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.00, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 28-Dec-2022 14:37)on February 8, 2023 at 10:47 am
TOM JONES Live At Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (Mid 70s UK issue of the 1971 14-track vinyl LP featuring live recordings from a performance in Las Vegas which saw Tom backed by a band comprising of Big Jim Sullivan, Kenny Clare, Shadows bassist John Rostill and vocal ensemble The Blossoms, housed in a front-laminated single-pocket picture sleeve with alternate artwork. The sleeve shows signs of shelfwear & the vinyl shows some signs of play MFP50351)