Clinic’s 2000 debut full length album Internal Wrangler represented a musical realignment for me. Between late 1998 and mid 2001, my personal life went tits over ass, and it was soundtracked by new and decidedly un-pop artists. By the time “Walking With Thee” and the album it’s named after came out in 2002, life (both internal and external) had been wrangled and wrestled under control, but the soundtrack, remained the same, albeit more pop-friendly than before.
I hadn’t given Clinic very much thought since then until last week when I came across a cover of “Walking With Thee” by Programm that takes the tempo down a notch and turns the terror quotient in the song up to 11. Programm’s version strips any of Clinic’s chart-courting populist tendencies away to reveal a song with dark undertones, and haunting passages. Where Clinic went on Letterman wearing surgical masks to play this song, I picture Programm wearing balaclavas and carrying Grim Reaper-style staffs. And I like it.
“Walking With Thee” is available as a download from the SoundCloud embed above. Programm head out on a short tour with Etiquette this month:
March 25th: The Drake, Toronto ON
March 26th: Baltimore House, Hamilton ON
March 27th: Le Ritz, Montreal QC
Marcy 28th: Silence, Guelph ON