How Not to Do a Cover Version

1983 saw the release of this absolute classic:

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Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five – White Lines (Don’t Do It)

The act name is a bit of a misnomer though: Grandmaster Flash played no part in this record having already left the Sugarhill Records label that released it.

Seriously, what a tune that is. And it’s impossible to listen to it without at the very least joining in with the “Baby” parts, as evidenced by the song’s appearance in the wonderfulĀ popular cultureĀ  referencingĀ “Sean of the Dead” movie:

As for the godawful cover, well I suspect most of you know what’s coming. Brace yourself.

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Duran Duran – White Lines

Given their reputation in the 80s, I’ve never worked out whether or not this cover is supposed to beĀ ironic. Or just hypocritical.

Not that it matters. It’s awful, ironic or not.

More soon.

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