Swervedriver “Think I’m Gonna Feel Better / Reflections” (2019 Record Store Day single)

Swervedriver, the reunited English shoegaze band of the ‘90’s, released a 12-inch single on Record Store Day 2019. Pressed in the clearest and most transparent vinyl I’ve ever seen, this disc featured previously unreleased covers of two songs from 1967: Gene Clark’s “Think I’m Gonna Feel Better” and the Supremes hit “Reflections”. The single was limited to 1,500 copies.

Although this 45-rpm single is 12 inches wide, the two songs would easily fit on a normal 7-inch single, at least one that was pressed in plain black vinyl. I have not been able to find recording dates for the unearthed tracks, either in the packaging or online. But judging from the sound, they were more likely to have been recorded during Swervedriver’s original ‘90’s run than during more recent times.

“Think I’m Gonna Feel Better” was originally a song that Gene Clark recorded with the Gosdin Brothers in 1967, not to be confused with his ’65 Byrds classic “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better”. Clark’s original was a jangly minute-and-a-half-long folk-rock ditty. The Swervedriver rendition, which also clocks in at less than two minutes, seems more Neil Young-influenced, with a dense wall of guitar noise and a mumbled lead vocal by Adam Franklin. Imagine the song being done by Dinosaur Jr or Teenage Fanclub, and you’ll have a good idea of how this version sounds.

The Supremes song “Reflections” was originally a Motown r&b smash that was itself a reflection of the psychedelic pop trends of ’67. Swervedriver give the song a respectable shoegazing treatment, presumably using their usual effects pedals in place of the test oscillator that generated the spacey sound effects on the Supremes’ original.

Swervedriver “Think I’m Gonna Feel Better / Reflections” (Dangerbird single DGB188-1) 2019

Track Listing:

A. Think I’m Gonna Feel Better – (Gene Clark)
AA. Reflections – (Holland-Dozier-Holland)

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