Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Wee Kyle does The Winehouse. Bless.

Mark Ronson rounded off the opening night (October 24) of the BBC Electric Proms 2007 with a set packed with guest stars. Opening with two instrumentals including a cover of Maximo Park's 'Apply Some Pressure', the DJ/producer then showcased his recent album 'Version' and assorted songs backed by the BBC Orchestra. "Hello everyone I'd like to welcome everyone to the Electric Proms," Ronson told the crowd. "These are my favourite songs, some I've written, some I've covered, some other people have covered. I only get to do this once and I'm glad you're here."

Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald was the first guest vocalists, crowd surfing during his cover of Radiohead's 'Just', while singer Adele enthralled the audience with her strong vocals as she debuted her new song 'Cold Shoulder'. Lily Allen's billed appearance did not materialise and instead Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson covered himself as he
reprised his vocals on 'Oh My God'. "My friendly Lily was supposed to be here but she cancelled last minute," explained Ronson. "That's cool, people have lives and stuff, so we got someone who was in town and knew all the words!"

Following slots from Candie Payne and Wale, The Rumble Strips' frontman Charlie Waller brought his band's version of Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' to the mix."I spent most of the year covering other people's songs, so it's nice to hear a remix back," explained Ronson of the choice. "Charlie did a phenomenal remix of 'Back To Black', I think I like it more than the original now."Waller then joined Santo Gold on a cover of The Jam's 'Pretty Green' with the singers splitting the song's vocals straight down the middle before the Brooklyn-based singer busted out some dance moves at Ronson's request. Gold then performed a duet with The Specials singer Terry Hall, play his Fun Boy Three song 'Our Lips Are Sealed', before Ronson's childhood friend Sean Lennon joined him on The Beach Boys' 'Sail On Sailor'. With The Charlatans' Tim Burgess and Mark Collins on hand to play their own single 'The Only One I Know', Ronson then unveiled and unlikely replacement for Amy Winehouse. Playing TheZutons' cover 'Valerie' from 'Version', The View's Kyle Falconer filled in for the bee-hived diva who is currently touring.

Following an encore featuring a series of songs with regular collaborator Daniel Merriweather including The Smiths' 'Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before', Ronson wrapped up the night with Lennon returning to lead some of the evening performers through The
' 'We Can Work It Out' - albeit in the style of Stevie Wonder's cover.

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