Tuesday, June 19, 2018

19 June 2018 - Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life

This was a cover - which you know if you read Wicked Guilty Pleasures today...

It was also, bar none, the biggest hit every up until that time, spending ten weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in 1977 (a feat matched by this song in 1980 and not eclipsed until 1993). It came to be when Joseph Brooks, the songwriter, became disillusioned for one reason (some say he was the Harvey Weinstein of his day) or another with the original vocalist, and had Debby Boone rerecord it - in a more Christian reading of the love song.

None of  Brooks' ugliness is Debby's fault.  She did a beautiful job singing this in her own right.

Monday, May 21, 2018

21 May 2018 - I.O.I(아이오아이) - Whatta Man (Good man)

If you are a fan of my other blog, Wicked Guilty Pleasures, you know last week was a tribute to K-Pop.

In building those posts over there, I found this fun Salt 'n' Pepa cover. I didn't expect it, and the verses really aren't the same - much less sexually charged than the original.  However, the beat, the feeling, the flow, the energy - all very similar. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

3 April 2018 - Juliana Hatfield - Physical

Honestly, didn't expect this to be the second single from Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John.  My expectations don't matter. This version has a LOT more bombast than even what was arguably ONJ's most bombastic song and by far biggest American hit.

Wanna hear this one live?  We got you covered (pun intended)! Juliana sounds like a natural singing Olivia.  I'm impressed.

Monday, April 2, 2018

2 April 2017 - Juliana Hatfield - A Little More Love (Official Video)

I started this blog on March 18, 2012, with a Bruce Springsteen cover by Juliana Hatfield.  I don't post as regularly as I should....

....but when Juliana Hatfield releases an entire album of Olivia Newton-John covers (Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, officially released April 13th and available here), that gets my attention.  I, like Ms. Hatfield, have been a fan of Olivia Newton-John since my youth.  I have also been a fan of Juliana Hatfield since my teens, when she was in a band called The Blake Babies (featured here in the past).

Juliana has a much lighter and less husky voice than Olivia, but does the song justice while staying faithful to the source material.  That in itself is impressive.  I wasn't sure I'd like these covers, but the respect for the originals shown here have won me over.

If you want to hear the original, head on over to Wicked Guilty Pleasures.  We featured ONJ's version six years ago!

Monday, January 22, 2018

22 January 2018 - Florence + the Machine - The Chain

I promise you, this isn't a Fleetwood Mac tribute blog.

Florence + The Machine played "The Chain" exactly once, at the Glastonbury Music Festival in 2010. 



Florence Welch subbing in for Lindsey Buckingham.  She really gets it - the anguish, the disjointed structure, the raw energy..... how to act during that bassline...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

18 January 2018 - The Cranberries - Go Your Own Way (Live)

We don't normally post twice in one day.  However, with the untimely passing of Dolores O'Riordan this week, it's appropriate.

Rarely has there been a more obviously Irish band than the Cranberries, mostly because of O'Riordan's trill brogue.  Her raw power helps deliver Lindsey Buckingham's message in a differently angry manner.   Her unique voice will be missed.

18 January 2018 - Lissie - Go Your Own Way

If you watched the Twin Peaks revival in 2017, you might recognize Lissie from the end of Part 14.  The remarkable singer-songwriter had a minor UK hit in 2012 with this Fleetwood Mac cover that mutes some of the raw anger of the original version and replaces it with anguish.