In a chat with Pitchfork.tv, the great Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett called out the Boys Next Door/the Birthday Party’s 1979 classic “Shivers” as one of her favorite songs. “I think when I started listening to Nick Cave and then started researching all the other bands [he was in], I really loved that song ‘Shivers’ that the Birthday Party did,” Barnett said while discussing another song by Boys Next Door guitarist Rowland S. Howard. “And then I found out that Rowland S. Howard wrote it. And then there’s the version of it in Dogs In Space, and I just think that’s such a great song.” Now, Barnett has shared her own languid, drawling cover version, produced with a sense of thudding inevitability by Jack White for Third Man Records’ Blue Series of singles. “Shivers” will be the b-side to “Boxing Day Blues Revisited,” a sequel to “Boxing Day Blues” from Barnett’s recent Album Of The Week honoree Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Listen to “Shivers” below, and while you’re at it, revisit the version by the Britt Daniel/Dan Boeckner/Sam Brown supergroup Divine Fits, because that’s also great.
“Boxing Day Blues Revisited” b/w “Shivers” is out 10/16 on Third Man Records.