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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.

Brian Auger with The Trinity, Julie Driscoll & Oblivion Express - Auger Rhythms - Brian Auger's Musical History - This Wheel's On Fire Download Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger Trinity’s “This Wheel’s On Fire”
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.