I’m always intrigued by cover songs. I just wonder what it is about certain songs that have that power–that cross-genre, universal appeal– that makes other artists want to record them? And even more importantly, how in the he** do they hear something so different from the same song??
Case in point: Crazy- originally recorded by Gnarls Barkley. Not one of my favorite songs, really. Good to bob your head around too, makes you want to drink a beer and tap your toes (well, at least it does me:)), but not something that I would rush out to buy. But if you do a little further digging, you’ll see that many artists disagree with me. And I’m so glad that they do, because I love the covers MUCH more than the original.
Out of the smorgarsbord of covers available, these are the two I’ve most come to love over the past few years. I find it so musically inspiring to hear one song, recorded in different ways, by artists that couldn’t possibly be any more different. We have hip-hop, Latin, ska lovin’ Nelly Furtado and gypsy -folk-soul singer Ray LaMontagne.
See what you think…. which one do you love the most?
Nelly Furtado (with British singer & talk show host Charlotte Church)
Ray LaMontagne (unfortunately, I was unable to find a live version of this. It used to be on youtube, but they must have pulled it. Boo.)
As mentioned before, there are various other versions of this song available as well– Pink, Violent Femmes, Shawn Colvin, One Republic, Cat Power, Beyonce… well, you get the idea. There’s certainly something for everyone out there. Let me know if you have a fave version of Crazy, or if there’s another cover song out that you adore!