Great Expectations

Later with Jools Holland returned last week for its 37th season and broadcast its 250th show last Friday. As has been the case for some time now, each show goes out live for half an hour on Tuesdays followed by a one-hour pre-recorded show on Fridays. As usual, this week’s show features half a dozen artists, some you may have know and some you may not. Brandon Flowers (pictured, top right) is the lead singer of The Killers and he’s just released his first solo album, Flamingo. Four Winds is performed with The Killers and is a really good cover of a track by Bright Eyes that appears on the soundtrack of Cloverfield. Formerly lead singer with The Czars, John Grant (bottom middle) has also released his debut solo album, Queen of Denmark, in collaboration with Midlake. His version of Two of Us is taken from the recent Mojo tribute to Let It Be. The flamboyant Scissor Sisters (bottom left) should bring some colour to the studio as they promote their third album, Night Work. Take Me Out is their take on Franz Ferdinand’s single. Grinderman (top middle) features Nick Cave and assorted Bad Seeds and they have just released that difficult second album. Go Tell the Women appears on the band’s debut. Jamaica’s Jolly Boys (bottom right) have been going for over half a century and Great Expectation is the title of their latest long-player. Mother & Wife appears on their Pop ‘n’ Mento album from 1990. In contrast, Pakistan-born singer Rumer (top left) is only starting out on her career and is set to release her debut album, Seasons of My Soul. Long, Long Day is available as a free download from Rumer’s site. You can get more information about the bands and the show at the BBC’s Later page

Four Winds (Bright Eyes cover) – The Killers

Two Of Us (Beatles cover) – John Grant

Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand cover) – Scissor Sisters

Go Tell the Women – Grinderman

Mother & Wife – Jolly Boys

Long Long Day – Rumer

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