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The Third Man Records Blue Series invited Courtney Barnett to Jack White’s Nashville recording studio recently for a session. The result: “Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)”, epilogue to the final track of the same name on her breakout debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. The Australian songstress seems to have found resolve in the final Tennesee-tinged installment of the song. In the original “Boxing Day Blues”, Barnett strums an acoustic guitar while bluntly admitting “Lover, I’ve got no idea.” By the middle of the stylistically blues-ier song produced by Jack White, she yells in frustration “Why you so calm? I wanna shout…I wanna rip my God damn soul out! Like a Christmas tree, on boxing day, thrown away….” She feels tossed aside, yet with her charming indie composure, you can tell she’s finally ready to move on.
The B-Side to the 7″ is a cover of “Shivers”, originally recorded by fellow Aussie and post-punk hero Rowland S. Howard with his group The Boys Next Door (which included Nick Cave and would later be known as The Birthday Party) in 1979. According to Studio 22 in Australia, the group “received greater critical acclaim than any other Australian band since the Easy Beats”. Courtney’s take on the deadpan intro is pretty accurate. Purchase the single and check out other Blue Series Sessions here.
Here is Howard performing the song one month before his death in 1999 on BBC