Some of my upcoming choices in our celebration of the cover version will be obscure, other may be highly contentious, but I suspect my opening choice is neither. 117,290,966 plays on YouTube disqualifies it as a forgotten gem, whilst Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails admits that although he wrote it, Johnny Cash now ‘owns’ Hurt with this performance.
At times almost painful to watch and listen, Cash suffuses a lyric ostensibly about self harm with the melancholia of ageing and regret A quite stunning track. To start a career with the equally challenging Fulsom Prison Blues and end it 47 years later with this is just incredible. Arguably only Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ rivals it as a piece of music that knows that the end is in sight. A self-aware epitaph.
Thinking about this theme, I’ve either gone for songs I love which have been given a whole different interpretation ; or songs I previously had no opinion of and/or never liked much that have been given a major overhaul. This track by The Leather Nun from 1986 is firmly in the latter category.
A big hullo from the beleaguered U.S. of A. All I can say is We are so so sorry. And doing our very best to RESIST these morons as quickly as possible! I chose today’s selection to warm you all up for the summer festival circuit (and because I figure you don’t have 9 minutes to humor Axl and Slash during the week). Some of you were probably in attendance — enjoy the memories!!
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Perhaps late to the party, I wasn’t planning to make my first post until Monday (which it is now in NYC so I’m now underway. I love Richard’s opener. Great tune, great version and on a related issue, the use of “Hurt” in the trailer for “Logan” a couple of years ago was, for me, one of the most inspired pieces of film marketing I have seen in ages.
My first selection represents a personal favourite which I did not realise until six months after its initial release was in fact a Prince composition: I present Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2U”.
My first choice is a song that has been covered by everyone from Michael Buble to the recently departed Avicii, via various X factor contestants over the last decade. Originally brought to worldwide attention more than half a century ago by The High Priestess of Soul herself, Nina Simone, it didn’t really prick my conscientousness until the Teignmouth rock trio covered it on their “Origin of Symmetry” in 2001. I do hope that the title has the desired effect and your general demeanour is much-improved…
Hi Richard. Hope all well. Can I suggest the Housemartin’s version of Caravan of Love as better than the Isley Brother’s original. (you might have guessed I’d choose a Housemartins or Beautiful South song ..). The fact this is sung acapella makes it the more “better” for wont of a better phrase – and it is now an integral part of Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot’s live shows. And I’m sure in one chart it was No.1 for Christmas!