Sunshine on Leith’s Horrocks releases indie covers

Jane Horrocks with the Proclaimers at the international premiere of Sunshine on Leith. Picture: Jane Barlow
Jane Horrocks with the Proclaimers at the international premiere of Sunshine on Leith. Picture: Jane Barlow
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ACTRESS Jane Horrocks is launching an indie music career - by releasing covers of Joy Division and Morrissey tracks on iTunes.

The Sunshine on Leith star is self-releasing the songs by the Mancunian acts over the next few weeks and says she is considering further songs by space-rock veterans Hawkwind and 80s electronic act Cabaret Voltaire.

Horrocks said she had been inspired by her role in the musical based on the hits of The Proclaimers.

She said: “I thought they were so interesting with female voices, and I thought you heard the lyrics in a totally different way, and I thought I’d like to do that with a couple of my favourite songs - and these are indeed my favourite songs.

“I’m a massive fan of Joy Division, I love their music - particularly the lyrics. So that’s why I chose them - mainly because I’m a fan.”

She added: “I’m reliving my 20s again.”

Horrocks, who has recorded Joy Division’s Isolation and former Smiths star Morrissey’s Life Is A Pigsty, said it seemed appropriate to cover Manchester bands because of the proximity to her home town of Rawtenstall.

She said: “At the moment I’ve no plans to release a physical copy, but I’m going to see how it goes on iTunes first, and possibly do something like release a 7-inch - do an A and B-side.

“I’ve self-funded it, and am self-publicising it as well. It’s cost quite a lot of money to make the records anyway. I’ve got decent people playing on it and I got a very good producer, so I kind of don’t want to spend any more money on a publicity person.”

Horrocks previously showcased her abilities in the film Little Voice and two years later released an album of covers which also featured a duet with Robbie Williams.

“I like the idea of reinventing songs and doing something completely different with them - whether the originals would condone that, I don’t know. I just think it’s worth an experiment sometimes,” she said.

Asked about other tracks she would like to record, she said: “Hashish by Hawkwind, and Nag Nag Nag by Cabaret Voltaire - that’s an old 80s song. They used to play it in the clubs that I used to go to, and it’s only got one lyric, which is ‘nag nag nag’.

“I would like to do more - if anybody ever came forward and said ‘do an album with me’ that would be great, because I can think of a lot of other songs I’d like to do as well, but they’re kind of a bit out-there.

“Most people think when I say I’ve done a couple of songs that it’s going to be Judy Garland or Gracie Fields, so it comes as a bit of a surprise. But that’s the music that I really like.”

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