Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Good cover; bad cover

This song is exactly why I am opposed to cover versions. That's not to say there aren't some really well done remakes available, ie, Chris Cornell doing Billy Jean, Nouvelle Vague reinventing Dancing with Myself.
Some dingaling stripper type from the grotesquely over rated Pussycat Dolls named Nicole Scherzinger had the freakin' audacity to think she could bring new life to my beloved Duran Duran's Rio. Good Lord, it's bad. I can't even bring myself to put up a sample or the video. You click the link and consider yourself warned. ACK! Enough is enough! It didn't need a new breath. I loved it just the way it was. I'm appalled that the boys permitted it. Ugh!
So, I'm often forced to listen to the country music station at work. I don't mind those novelty hootenanny songs, but when country music takes itself seriously I draw the line. When country music artists take liberty of adding their twangalangin' tones to a pop song, it tends to cause irritable bowel syndrome.
I'm boppin' along at work. Just doing my schtick of making eyewear and what do I hear? A faintly familiar chorus is coming from the speakers. It's "Life in a Northern Town". But it's not the calming sounds of The Dream Academy. Oh no! My co-worker has switched the station to the country bumpkins on parade. Sugarland and a host of other country crooners have opted to shart all over this 80s classic. Stupid. I'm so totally rolling my eyes. Again, consider yourself warned before clicking play.


  1. Best cover I can think of is still Earth Wind & Fire's "Got To Get You Into My Life". If you can't do it better than the original, what's the point?

  2. Yikes, despite my ill advised love of country music, I still couldn't enjoy that version in any way. It's really, really bad. Shart, indeed!


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