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 Live In Las Vegas (1969 UK 13-track Stereo LP on the 'wideband' unboxed Decca label, recorded live at the legendary Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, including fabulous versions of Bobby Bland's Turn On Your Love Light and Otis Redding's Hard To Handle, front laminated picture sleeve with mono/stereo die-cut hole & correct blue-for-stereo inner dated 10-69. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear and the vinyl remains in superb conditiuon & looks barely played SKL5032)
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TOM JONES Along Came Jones (1965 red unboxed Decca logo 'ffrr' label 14-track mono vinyl LP, front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minor shelfwear with some discolouring to the unlaminated reverse, while the vinyl shows only light of play - great copy! LK4693)
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TOM JONES I'm Coming Home (1978 UK 20-track LP compilation, featuring It's Not Unusual, Delilah, What's New Pussycat, Green Green Grass Of Home & more favourites, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little light shelfwear & the vinyl looks barely played WH5001)
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TOM JONES Live At The Talk Of The Town (1970s UK issue of the 1967 14-track stereo LP on a blue boxed Decca label, front laminated picture sleeve SKL4874)
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TOM JONES 13 Smash Hits (1967 UK 13-track Decca unboxed logo 'ffss' blue label stereo LP, front laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve with minor storage wear is in excellent condition. The vinyl with some minor light surface marks but remains in excellent condition SKL4909)