Marianne Dissard has released her new cover of Ritchie Valen’s classic ‘Come On, Let’s Go!’. Where the original ends the re-envision begins in the form of this sensual take on a rockabilly classic. With touches of late 80s New York Scene and a dash of originality, Marianne Dissard makes it her own. And it totally works.

About Marianne Dissard

Desert noir chanteuse, Thanet-hinged performer, brutally honest author. Left her home in Tucson, Arizona for a dream boat in England.

French-born American chanteuse crafts baroque Sonoran desert noir art-rock chanson from Tucson and beyond. Brutally honest author, producer, filmmaker, and Ramsgate-hinged. “Complex and yet stringent, experimental and extravagant, dramatic and sexy” (Musikwoche).

About ‘Come On, Let’s Go!’

Together with English producer and multi-instrumentalist RAPHAEL MANN (Sugarcane / Art Terry / Lunatraktors), we have deconstructed the rock ‘n’ roll standard by doomed 17-year-old star Ritchie Valens, and remade it as a quivering, heady mating call.

The instantly recognizable saxophone style of TERRY EDWARDS (PJ Harvey / Gallon Drunk / The Higsons) adds to the hot house seductive feel instigated by teasing guitars from Tucson’s French guitarist NAIM AMOR, while the song’s video, put together from vintage library footage by Raphael, transfers the tremulous desire into wonderfully gaudy, ultra-vivid colors.

It’s part of a series of drastic re-imaginings of other artists’ songs leading up to an album set for release in early summer 2021, kicked off by a version of Phil Ochs’ ‘The Scorpion Departs But Never Returns’ inspired by the parallels I saw between the fate of sailors aboard the Covid-stricken USS Roosevelt and the USS Scorpion in 1968 that had spurred Ochs to write the original. Expect versions of favorite songs by Scott Walker, Janis Ian, Steely Dan, Bobbie Gentry, Carly Simon, Richard Harris, War, and a few more… by July.

Featured image by Flavien Prioreau.