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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Come And Have A Go If You Think You're Talented Enough

I don't watch X Factor, never have. I think it's car-crash television that perpetuates the "get rich quick" culture so prevalent in todays youth, but I have been reliably informed that it's been won this year by a highly emotional young lady named Alexandra.


Great.
I'm happy for her, but I'm sure she'll be no more than a memory in 18 months or so.

But . . .

. . . for her first single she, or rather her management, has decided to cover Leonard Cohen's 1984 masterpiece "Hallelujah".
Now having a crack at one of the greatest songs of all time shows either bravery or sheer folly on the part of her and her management team, after all such talents like Allison Crowe, Willie Nelson, John Cale, K.D. Lang, Rufus Wainwright, the late Jeff Buckley, Bon Jovi and even Aled Jones have all had a go, to varying degrees of success.

For me though it's the Jeff Buckley version that is the definitive cover, it's as near to perfection as any song can be, that's why it's at number one in my list of 'Top Ten Cover Versions That Improve On The Original'.

1. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
2. Redemption Song by Chris Cornell
3. I Fought The Law by The Clash
4. Sweet Jane by Cowboy Junkies
5. Common People by William Shatner
6. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
7. Suspicious Minds by Fine Young Cannibals
8. All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
9. Lost In Music by The Fall
10. Hounds Of Love by The Futureheads

That's right bitches, the Shatner is in there at number 5. Bask in his magnificence.

Actually, I'm not entirely convinced about number 4.

3 comments:

Steve said...

"This Wheel's On Fire" - Siouxsie & The Banshees - can't miss that one out. As for Alexandra - if she's no more than a memory that's better than most of the X Factor dross that make it to "the top"...

Groanin' Jock said...

Kelly Jones from Stereophonics singing "Nothing Compares 2U"; The Beatles' "Twist and Shout"; Nina Gordon's "Straight Outta Compton" would all make my list.

barnsley sime said...

shatner is a god, so yes...
but how about these....?
so sad about us - the jam
tears of a clown - the beat
mr tambourine man - the byrds
a new england - kirsty mcoll
hey dude - kula shaker
monkey man - reel big fish

they'll do for now....except...

two full albums:
"radiodread" and "dub side of the moon" both by easy star all-stars.

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