January 6, 2013 by sshhoobbmmxxbblloogg
anyone who knows me, or bothers to read this blog will know a few things about me;
- i’m not always joking.
- i love a good cover version
- i tend to be very
awaresuspicious of people, to the point of borderline sociopathy
- i like lists. and cakes. mostly cakes.
lets focus on #2 shall we…?
some cover versions are utter shite, some are so bad they become brilliant. then there are the rare moments when a cover is outright BETTER than the original…. get ready for a list!
- Nouvelle Vague – Dancing With Myself >> takes Billy Idol’s mid 80’s electro/rock effort (itself a great song) and turns it into a smoky, jazz club effort, all looming double bass and pained femme vocals.
- Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody >> a lotta people think this IS the original (it is actually 10 years older, and was the love theme from a 1955 film called, oddly, Unchained). The Righteous Brothers version is the benchmark for melancholy balladry. Only Scott Walker can challenge it (Matilda)
- Johnny Cash – Hurt >> of course Trent Reznor’s version is again a masterstroke, and a great break in The Downward Spiral amidst all the angst and industrial discontent. But Cash’s version sounds like it was told down through the generations, akin to maybe a native american tale of the wild. it’s broken, disenchanted but achingly gorgeous at the same tme
See ’em here >>>