… and I don’t mean the bedding type of covers, I mean the musical kind. And yes this is going to be one of those frustrated, rant style blogs about how people shouldn’t be allowed to cover good songs if they’re only going to make them rubbish (X Factor – I am talking to you).
I’d already thought about writing something along these lines when I heard T Pain’s song featuring Lily Allen’s “5 O’Clock in the Morning”… equal to if not worse than “Whatcha Say” by Jason Derülo featuring Imogen Heap’s amazing song “Hide and Seek”. What bothers me the most is the fact that people will hear a song, not realise it is a cover and never appreciate the original version.
I, myself, once loved The Corrs “Dreams” only to realise later in life that the original by Fleetwood Mac was far superior and that The Corrs should never have been allowed to commit such musical crimes.
That isn’t to say I hate all covers. “Limit to your Love” by Feist, covered by James Blake is amazing regardless of which version you listen to, as both are so diverse. Same goes for “Hallelujah” in my opinion, Leonard Cohen or Jeff Buckley – it’s all good! Just as Nine Inch Nails “Hurt” and Johnny Cash’s version both bring something different to the party.
Which brings me to my opening point about X Factor. I love the show. I hate the songs they choose for them. Alexandra Burke (Hallelujah), Leona Lewis (Hurt) and now Little Mix (Damien Rice’s Cannonball). It is a crime against music! So please, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it and if you can’t add to a song or make it different (in a good way) then just leave it alone! Leona – Johnny will be spinning in his grave thanks to you.