Crypt Covers 7: Duke Special

UPDATE 20-12-12

Final video of Golden Brown is LIVE! We had a lovely day with Duke Special. Lots and lots of laughter… Hope you like it.


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Well… here we go again! We’re finishing of our Crypt Covers year on Tuesday the 18th December with the awesome Duke Special. You must know what to do by now… You send us suggestions using the power of the internet (suggestions must be a song title AND artist) and the fickle and all knowing wheel of doom makes the choice on the morning of the cover. We and the rather ‘mazing Shot By Sodium than make a video and record the cover before midnight. Comment on this blog, or tweet your suggestions using the #cryptcovers hashtag. Your suggestion may reflect the season. Or it may not… GO MENTAL! Suggestions must be in by 11am on the 18th!


You can find Duke on Twitter as @DukeSpecial.

Who is Duke Special? Duke is an Irish Singer Songwriter who’s slightly insane work rate has resulted in him performing musicals, song cycles based on photographs, inspired by films, with orchestras and ensembles of all kinds and releasing 8 albums and 5 ep’s in the last 10 years. Artists such as Tim Minchin and Neil Hannon have performed with him and he has played with Van Morrison, Crowded House, the Beautiful South and The Muppets (fact). Venues that Duke has performed at range from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to Glastonbury Festival in… ermm… Glastonbury. We’re very lucky to have him join us before he plays his last show of the year at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 20th December. Occasionally in between all the art and excitement he writes a stunning pop tune too…

Check out this gorgeous song Condition recorded on just one microphone at RAK Studios in August earlier this year.

5 Things You Should Know About Duke

1) Duke Special once pulled a hamstring playing American Football against the US Secret Service
2) Duke Special has met Darth Vader
3) Duke Special has released *14* different records
4) Duke Special wrote the theme tune for and appeared in Sesame Tree, a Sesame Street production filmed in Belfast
5) Duke Special has appeared on Jools Holland

You can interact with us live on the day using the The Crypt Covers magical live blog widget below… it also pulls in anything said on twitter using the #cryptcovers hashtag

Looking forward to it! Get your suggestions in!

h&s x

Crypt Covers Videos

Crypt Covers 1: 22/03/2012 Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
With Ellen and The Escapades
Video by Shot by Sodium
Song suggested by @scottishpenguin

Crypt Covers 2: 01/05/2012 Dress You Up – Maddona
With She Makes War
Video by Shot by Sodium.
Song suggested by @dana_jade

Crypt Covers 3: 31/05/2012 Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty with Sam Airey
Video by The Blind Club
Tom Petty track suggested by @jasonghiscox
Nina Simone track suggested by @seanmurricane

Crypt Covers 4: 22/06/2012 A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey with Chris Helme
Video by Shot by Sodium
Song suggested by @christt

Crypt Covers 5: 18/7/2012 Louis Barabbas and The Bedlam Six
Song suggested by @jasonghiscox
Video by Shot by Sodium

Crypt Covers 6: 31/10/2012 Ghostbusters by Ray Parker JR with Wilful Missing
Song suggested by @SeanMurricane (again!!)
Video by Shot by Sodium

Join in and help us

We are doing this once a month, all year, and we still have a number of acts to confirm, so if you are interested, or have any suggestions – people we should work with, that sort of thing – please contact us at… “contact [at] hopeandsocial [dot] com” or email us from here.

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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

December 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

Eagles – Victim of Love
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
Foreigner – Urgent

December 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

O come O come Immanuel- trad but I am thinking the Sufjan Stevens version
Joseph: Better you than me: The Killers
Peace on Earth: U2

All a bit seasonal……. Duke Special: he is beyond ace…

December 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Current idea for me is an energetic Bowie or T.Rex classic but loads of other great ideas already out there – whatever the Wheel selects tomorrow – it wheel be awesome!

John Bowman
December 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

The Power of love by FGTH or Everyone says Hi by David Bowie.

Richard Harrison (@mr_spoon)
December 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Stop the Cavalry – Jonah Lewie

December 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

River by Joni Mitchell

Winter by Tori Amos

Martha by Tom Waits

Kooks by David Bowie

Shes’s The One by World Party

Shipbuilding by Robert Wyatt

Touch The Hem Of His Garment by Sam Cooke

helen moat
December 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Andy Wahol by David Bowie
Out of Time by Blur
I am the Walrus by The Beatles

Trying to think of arrangements that will be fun to play with and a bit interesting/challenging!

December 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Song 2 – Blur

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

If the world ends (or Little Bear) – Guillemots

December 17, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Some great new suggestions! One of the Duke fans Andrew Codd asked me to add Mr Blue Sky – I’ve since explained on the forum that you can suggest direct here if you are not on twitter :)

December 17, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Mr Blue Sky.Been wanting to year Duke cover this for years

Steve Trickey
December 18, 2012 at 12:37 am

Happy Christmas War Is Over – John Lennon
Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade

In anticipation of the Mayan Calendar:
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It – REM

Else anything from past UK Xmas number ones

December 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

Tense! So many great song choices it makes your head spin but like in the Highlander movies ‘There can be only one!’

Anyone else love the suggestions floating around for a Crypt Cover Album and a festival next year to get all of the artists together?

December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

The Pixies – Here comes your man
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi