The Persian Leaps interpretation of The Smiths’ B-side track, “Jeane,” was released in September. In my opinion, the recording is close to the original but also not too close. The Persian Leaps have succeeded in making their own version of “Jeane” without making things weird.
Vocalist Drew Forsberg commented, “Despite being a huge fan of The Smiths since 1985, I’d never actually heard ‘Jeane’ until 5-10 years ago. The song blew me away. It’s not unusual to track down a rarity or B-side and find it interesting if underwhelming, but ‘Jeane’ felt to me like an essential Smiths song that’s been unfairly overlooked. It also sounds unfinished to me – as though with a few more takes and some production love, it could have been an A-side. I’d always wanted to cover a Smiths song and “Jeane” felt like one I could put my own mark on and perhaps even introduce to people who don’t know the original.”
Somehow I missed out on The Smiths when I was a kid. When they came out with their first album, I was in 2nd grade. No one pointed them out to me back then. So I appreciate musicians like The Persian Leaps who talk about the band and pay homage in their own way.
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