The Velveteen Age

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The Velveteen Age
Diane Birch - The Velveteen Age.jpg
EP by Diane Birch
Released December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07)
Genre Neo soul, pop,[1] gospel[2]
Length 30:01
Label S-Curve
Producer Steve Greenberg, Sean Marquand, Daniel Collás[3][4]
Diane Birch chronology
Bible Belt
(2009)Bible Belt2009
The Velveteen Age
Speak a Little Louder
(2013)Speak a Little Louder2013

The Velveteen Age is an EP released by Diane Birch with the Phenomenal Handclap Band. It consists of covers of songs she enjoyed while growing up.[5][6] Birch and the band re-imagined the dark eighties and nineties music with exuberance instead of melancholy, giving them the feel of seventies pop.[1] The picture on the cover is Birch at age 16, wearing a vintage Victorian wedding dress.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original performer Length
1. "This Corrosion" Andrew Eldritch The Sisters of Mercy 3:39
2. "Kiss Them for Me" Susan Ballion, Peter Edward Clarke, Martin McCarrick, Steven Severin Siouxsie and the Banshees 4:12
3. "Bring On the Dancing Horses" Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson, Pete de Freitas Echo & the Bunnymen 4:32
4. "Atmosphere" Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Ian Curtis Joy Division 5:03
5. "Primary" Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst The Cure 3:43
6. "Tarantula" Martyn Young, Ian Robbins This Mortal Coil 4:25
7. "A Strange Kind of Love" Peter Murphy Peter Murphy 4:27[8]
Total length: 30:01


  1. ^ a b Shragge, Ben (December 8, 2010). "Review: Diane Birch with The Phenomenal Handclap Band, 'The Velveteen Age'". Cover Me. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ Martens, Todd (November 29, 2010). "Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division as modern gospel? Hear Diane Birch's take". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ The Velveteen Age (CD liner). Diane Birch with The Phenomenal Handclap Band. United States: S-Curve. 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Velveteen Age - Diane Birch, The Phenomenal Handclap Band | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Rees, Alex (November 30, 2010). "Diane Birch Is In The Velveteen Age On Her New EP". Teen Vogue. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ Freedman, Sally J. (December 20, 2010). "Diane Birch: The Velveteen Age". Persephone Magazine. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Diane Birch Covers Echo & The Bunnymen". Popservations. December 12, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Velveteen Age - Diane Birch, The Phenomenal Handclap Band". AllMusic. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 

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