Video: Jackie Oates Covers The Cure’s ‘Untitled’


In 2018 Lush Fresh Handmade Sound and Mark Constantine released a compilation album titled The Self-Preservation Societya triple album of covers from the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 2019, they followed that up with Instant repeat32 covers of songs originally released between 1971 and 1981. Their most recent release, always in triplicate

In May they released ‘Life is what you make of it’, with covers from the 1980s. We album review here and shared Martha Tilston’s video for her cover of by Kate Bush Cloudbustingthe second single from his 1985 No. 1 album, Hounds of Love.

Now it’s the turn of Jackie Oates. Watch her cover “Untitled” by The Cure, which is also being released as a double A-side single along with The Dream Academy’s Afro Celt cover of Life In A Northern Town.

As Mike Davies said in his review: Jackie Oates reveals the folk DNA of The treatmentit is Untitled with breathtaking effect, his achingly sad voice accompanied by cello and dark keys”. She also does a nice cover of Leonard Cohenit is Dance me until the end of love on the album (see tracklist below).

This disc took two years to prepare and not only started as a continuation of the series of compilation albums, but also of Mark’s desire to support the artists with whom Lush has long collaborated through the difficulties encountered during Covid lockdowns.



1. Life in a northern city – Afro Celt Sound System

[originally by The Dream Academy, 1985]

2. Finest of Air – Lisa Knapp

[originally by The Cocteau Twins, 1986]

3. Untitled – Jackie Oates

[originally by The Cure, 1989]

4. What’s love got to do with it – Teddy Thompson

[originally by Tina Turner, 1984]

5. Jesus doesn’t want me for a ray of sunshine – Eliza & Martin Carthy

[originally by The Vaselines, 1988]


1. Simply Irresistible – Barney Morse-Brown

[originally by Robert Palmer, 1988]

2. The Island – Ríoghnach Connolly

[originally by Paul Brady, 1985]

3. In the air tonight – Ben Murray and Richard Evans

[originally by Phil Collins, 1981]

4. Song #1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure) – Wattle & Daub

[originally by Spandau Ballet, 1982]

5. Cabin Boy – Eliza Carthy

[originally by Tom Robinson, 1984]


1. The Party’s Over – Da Da La La

[originally by Talk Talk, 1982]

2. She Goes – Lock Keepers

[originally by The La’s, 1988]

3. Duel – Marry Waterson

[originally by Propaganda, 1985]

4. It’s Not What You Do (It’s How You Do It) – Palm Skin Productions featuring Ríoghnach Connolly

[originally by Fun Boy Three and Bananarama, 1982]

5. Fifteen Minutes – Teddy Thompson

[originally by Kirsty MacColl, 1989]


1. Come As You Are – Barney Morse-Brown

[originally by Nirvana, 1991]

2. Cloudbusting – Martha Tilston

[originally by Kate Bush, 1985]

3. Fluffy Little Clouds – Palm Skin Productions

[originally by The Orb, 1990]

4. Hippychick – Beagle and Amalthea

[originally by Soho, 1990]

5. Enter Sandman – Fiberglass

[originally by Metallica, 1991]


1. Sun Blister – Stealing Sheep

[originally by Violent Femmes, 1983]

2. Dance Me To The End Of Love – Jackie Oates

[originally by Leonard Cohen, 1984]

3. Paint a Rumor – Honey Feet

[originally by Eurythmics, 1983]

4. Everywhere – Sheema Mukherjee

[originally by Fleetwood Mac, 1987]

5. Wig – The Duloks

[originally by The B-52s, 1986]


1. Long Hot Summer – Honey Feet

[originally by The Style Council, 1983]

2. Here comes the rain again – Marrying Waterson

[originally by Eurythmics, 1984]

3. The opium eaters – the lock keepers

[originally by Madness, 1981]

4. Little Blue Thing – Rosie Doonan

[originally by Suzanne Vega, 1985]

5. Life is what you make of it – Julie Tippetts

[originally by Talk Talk, 1985]

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