Moving from yesterday’s 80s East German TV clip to one from Spanish TV in 2010, from the final Faithless album comes this inspired cover of ‘Feel Me Now’ by Blancmange. Makes you wish they had done more covers in hindsight. Roy and I saw them performing this at Brixton on the final tour and Harry Collier has quite the voice.
Playing it back I realise the lyric includes the line ‘Flying through a plate glass window’ which, as Roy will attest, is something I have actually done and would not recommend.
You can catch up on our choices on previous days here.
Along with the Monkees TV show, my earliest memories of listening to music were the records my parents played in the house. Most passed me by, but Diana Ross & The Supremes pristine soul pop caught my childhood imagination. So much so that one of the records I took to Uni with me was my Dad’s Supremes compilation – the famous one with the microphones and lips front cover which got a bit awkward during the post-punk and Goth years! However as much as I love the Supremes I never got to grips with Diana Ross’ solo career at all; so when this inspired cover version of one of her better solo outings appeared, it was a ‘Love Hangover’ on first listen – particularly as its sung by one of the finest and purest pop voices of the 80’s. The single was released in 1982 reaching 21 in the charts.
Much appreciate the varied respective contributions so far . Apologies for the lateness of my small input .. truth be told that upon cold reflection, many of my considerations erred more on the side of quirkiness pure and simple. So after due reconsideration, I’ve decided to concentrate on just a few selections.
From 1987 and initially a track on the soundtrack of the film ‘Less Than Zero’, this cover version had already been played live by the band since the early 1980s. I’ve got a remix of this track on a CD of their single, “In Your Room”. It’s the first time I’d become aware of the ‘other side’ to their music. It’s given a rockier edge than the Simon & Garfunkel original and a new lease of life as a result. It proved very popular when released as a single (also in 1987) , reaching No. 2 in the US and No. 11 in the UK.
I could have chosen The Bangles’ version of Prince’s Manic Monday but this cover of Hazy Shade of Winter is more left-field
Two Blancmange’s in one day – can you possibly cope with this indulgence?!
I’ve gone for their take on a late ABBA song, which reached a pitiful number 32 in the singles chart compared to the cover version, which managed to scale the heights of number 22 in 1984. So, my conclusion is statistically-speaking the cover version is better than the original. Discuss…