Anglo For Your Ear: Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger Trinity’s “This Wheel’s On Fire”

I posted the Siouxsie and the Banshees version a while back, but this 1968 version is the one that will be familiar to AbFab fans: singer Julie Driscoll, the UK Grace Slick, recorded this cover of the Bob Dylan track with Brian Auger Trinity, a jazz rock outfit. Together, they made “This Wheel’s On Fire” into Jefferson Airplane-esque psychedelic rock, changing the arrangement, distorting the chorus, and setting the stage for Siouxsie’s otherworldly version. Driscoll and Jennifer Saunders‘s husband, Young Ones comic Adrian Edmondson, re-recorded the track in 1992 for Saunders’ new show, a little sitcom called Absolutely Fabulous.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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