Some takes are perfection, and ought not be insulted with further efforts. And while I still think the original is perfect, this effort is no insult:
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So, a couple/few years ago? Â The Undertones knocked out a nice little ditty:
A little bit of pure rock fun, right? Â So of course, it had to be covered. Â And so Snow Patrol took the slow roll approach to it:
And that wasn’t bad at all. Â But Nouvelle Vague? Â Sure, it’s kinda bossa nova lazy, but what they bring, it works:
So recently I revealed a not-so-secret-secret to a friend. I actually enjoyed Moulin Rouge!. I know, I know. Shut up. Anyway, one of the (many) great tracks from it was a cover of Elton John’s Your Song. Which has to be, on its own, one of the best love songs of all time. I know you’ve heard it, but seriously, press play:
I’d normally put something that good on a shelf labeled “Do Not Cover.” But then Ewan McGregor (!) did this:
Knocked it out of the park. (According to Nicole Kidman, too.) So really, you’d think that it was done. I mean, loads of covers out there, but no one’s going to top the original, and McGregor’s take staked out something so different that anything else would necessarily fall short. But then:
Not sure what it is about this one that works so well. Obviously Goulding’s voice is something special. But it’s more than that. The arrangement, the voice, the pauses. It’s a worthy addition.
Weird year, full of round anniversaries. Â I first heard Cyndi Lauper’s When You Were Mine the day I bought my first cassette tape – her So Unusual album.*
Â Astounded as to how she’s stood the test of time, both in her early work and her present. Â Speaking of standing the test of time, I’m not sure when I first learned of the fact that Prince was the original writer of When You Were Mine. Â But I do remember being blown away by it. Â No embed, because Prince apparently pays an army of monkey lawyers to do takedowns of his work, no matter how obscure the corner of the internet.
*In fact, the original recording always surprises me when I don’t hear the warble of my tape.
Fell down a rabbit hole of music, this afternoon. Â Landed here, most recently:
Don’t know about you, but I need a chaser right now: