Dirty Work

by Marianne Dissard

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Tucson's French-American singer Marianne Dissard covers Steely Dan's Dirty Work from 1972 album Can't Buy a Thrill.

WATCH : youtu.be/iFlOY5fbwrU

The US/UK collaboration will be released on June 19th Juneteenth, exclusively through Bandcamp with 100% proceeds that weekend donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Earlier in June, also exclusive to Bandcamp, Dissard unveiled two versions ('His' and 'Hers') of Janis Ian's 1975 At Seventeen and a 2006 cover with Joey Burns (Calexico) of folk singer Kath Bloom's 1982 It's So Hard To Come Home.

In April, Dissard released a timely and haunting version of Phil Ochs' 1968 protest song The Scorpion Departs but Never Returns ("stunning cover", "the shiver down my spine says it works" reviewed by New Sounds' John Schaefer on NPR's All Things Considered) www.newsounds.org/story/weekly-music-roundup-fiona-apple-july-talk-and-alex-winston .

Get Scorpion here : mariannedissard.bandcamp.com/track/the-scorpion-departs-but-never-returns

Get At Seventeen here : : mariannedissard.bandcamp.com/album/at-seventeen-his-hers-bonus-track

Screeching guitars? Squealing sax tearing your head off? Subtle, warm lead vocals by Dissard open into layered pop harmonies but this 'Dirty Work' plays nasty.

Earlier this year, Dissard took to heart this sweet and cynical paean to 'love' and recorded the Steely Dan classic with Tucson bassist Thøger Lund (Howe Gelb), and guitarist Connor Gallaher. The session was engineered by Matt Rendon (Resonars) at his 1968-styled, 8-track Tucson studio Midtown Island.

English saxophonist Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey's Hope Six Demolition Project) ripped it from London, and UK producer Raphael Mann mixed, with additional production, from Ramsgate, Kent.

Dirty Work was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and first released on Steely Dan's debut album Can't Buy a Thrill in 1972. It was originally sung by David Palmer whose 'almost angelic vocals concealed the cynicism within the lyrics' (The Guardian).

I took this song to heart, hard, this winter. Let me know what you think!




released June 19, 2020

Dirty Work - Steely Dan cover by Marianne Dissard
Written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker

Produced by Marianne Dissard
Vocals: Marianne Dissard
Mixing, clavinet, guitars & bass and additional production : Raphael Mann
Bass : Thøger Lund
Guitars : Connor Gallaher
Sax : Terry Edwards
Drums, backup vocals, engineering : Matt Rendon, Midtown Island Studio
Mastering : Steve Kitch AudioMaster UK

Music video by Raphael Mann


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