Friday, January 30, 2009

Old School Fridays: Remakes (Originals vs. Remakes)

This is a cool theme. I love cover versions. I love listening to an artist's take on a song that I already like. First up is Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark." I have to admit that as much as I like the album Born In The USA this song wore out its welcome with me. I remember watching that video with Courtney Cox about a million times. You couldn't escape it if you turned on MTV, they were playing it all the time. And it was Bruce's first really big hit single so the radio was all over it. And it wasn't even my favorite song from the album, not by a long shot. Now years later I can listen to it and enjoy it, but it took awhile. I think it works better live.



Now the cover version. Tegan and Sara are a sister act from Canada that I would not have expected to cover this song. But they do a nice job just with their guitar in the radio station.



Next up is Nine Inch Nails' song "Hurt."

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The cover version is one of those covers where you identify the song more with the person covering it than the original and this is no knock against Trent, but Johnny Cash owns this song.



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