If I remember correctly, many moons ago, long-time reader George kindly sent me a few mp3s by this double act.
I can’t locate the email now, but I seem to recall him being rather disparaging about them, in a so-bad-they’re-good kinda way.
Well, this morning’s tune falls nicely into that “only in Country records” category we like to feature every now and again, so here’s Carl & Pearl Butler with a very sad song about how a guy learns that his girl is leaving him:
If ever there was a post which might polarise people, and which would see my readership figures dwindle, then it’s this one.
Yes, even more so than the one with a mix I posted recently which featured not just The Nolans, but also The Dooleys and Guys’n’Dolls. (I’ve listened to that again tonight, and bar a couple of skips caused by technical glitches when I was uploading it (not my mixing skills, honest!), I’m still pretty happy with it).
Anyway, once upon a time, over at the ever wonderous Charity Chic Music, there was a regular feature about whether a Dylan cover version was better than the original. I don’t think this one ever featured, but I could be wrong.
Now. Let me be clear: I am not saying I think this is better than the original Dylan version. It’s one of my favourite Dylan songs, so it’s unlikely I’d land on that conclusion.
What I would say is this: Mick Hucknall has a beautiful, soulful voice, and when he chooses to put it to good use – which is rare – the results are amazing. Sadly, when he wasn’t picking Martine McCutcheon’s vomit out of his horrid dreadlocks, he spent most of his time in Simply Red churning out bland soulless schlock.
Anyway: put aside your pre-conceived prejudices, and give this a listen. I think it’s rather great:
See? Fair play. The boy done good.
The only other time Mick Hucknall has brought me as much pleasure was in this, and he doesn’t even appear in this clip, as indeed he doesn’t in all the best clips involving Mick Hucknall: