How Not To Do a Cover Version

It is 1983. Paul Young has quit the Streetband and stopped “singing” about Toast.


Streetband – Toast

 Yup, that’s him alright.

He releases “No Parlez” and scores a Number One hit with this, a cover version of a Marvin Gaye track:


Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)

When I was younger, I always thought that to be a perfectly passable cover version. But then, when I was younger, I’d never actually heard the original. And once I had, I realised it really was nowhere near as good:


Marvin Gaye – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)

But whilst Young’s cover pales into insignificance compared to the original, that’s not why we’re here.

Oh no.

For elsewhere on “No Parlez” is this, utterly awful cover of a truly great record:


Paul Young – Love Will Tear Us Apart

You don’t need me to tell you how superior the original was, now do you?


Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Thought not.

More soon.


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3 thoughts on “How Not To Do a Cover Version”

  1. I’m just NOT going to play the cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart. Didn’t Paul Young also murder I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (the Anne Peebles song)??? But his cover of Wherever I Lay My Hat is, as you say, passable, and certainly not in the same major crime league as LWTUA and IGTYPD.

    1. A wise move. You can’t unhear it. And you’re right, he absolutely massacred “…Playhouse…”, I’d forgotten about that

  2. Oh, the boy’s got plenty of form. Words can’t describe Playhouse and LWTUA. Nicky Thomas’ 1970 “Love Of The Common People” does sound somewhat more authentic and I can’t say I care for his take on Tom Waits’ “Soldier’s Things”, although I accept that TW’s vocals aren’t to everyone’s taste.

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