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Lick The Tins


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In 1986, a quartet from London scored their one and only hit with a clever cover version of a song associated with Elvis Presley, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. Presley’s version sold a million and was a US Top 3 hit in January, 1962, and reached Number One in the UK.

24 years later, the exceptional cover version by Lick The Tins didn’t do quite as well as that, although is spent two months in the UK singles chart, but then LTT were almost completely unknown before the single was released, and returned to anonymity not long afterwards. This is their story, and this album features (almost) their entire output.

Drummer Simon Ryan was living in Kilburn, North West London, when he re-met singer/songwriter/guitarist Ronan Heenan, with whom he had played in an earlier group, The Almost Brothers. This very obscure combo released a 1980 single, ‘You’ll Never Make It’, which remarkably made the all important Radio One playlist, but the group folded soon afterwards. Ryan also got to know a friend of Heenan’s, Alison Marr - both she and Heenan came from Northern Ireland, where he had trained as a veterinary surgen, and she as a reporter before they moved to London. Ryan was a graphic designer, who worked in the art department of Stiff Records. Alison Marr also played penny whistle, and was a devotee of traditional Irish folk music, while Ronan Heenan was more influenced by rock and blues. They were intent on combining the two traditions, and example of which was their version of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ - when Simon heard Alison singing a Celtic version of the song, with Ronan on guitar and with Alison’s penny whistle, he as intrigued and suggested they record it, as it sounded quite interesting.


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  • simbalullabies

    Their Presley cover is amazing. This is just one of those kinds of songs you'll never be able to find anyone else pulling off.

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • cyberfox18

    La cancion q Telefonica Chile puso en su ultimo comercial!!! NUEVAMENTE, 0 creatividad... 100% PLAGIO!!!!

    20 Jan 2009 Reply
  • missKLA

    I'd like to buy a track,but I do not know where

    15 Mar 2007 Reply

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