Saturday, October 14, 2006

Love Will Tear us Apart in Many and Different Ways

I have just had a fabulous time listening to a load of cover versions of the greatest of songs namely Joy Division’s ”Love Will Tear Us Apart”.

This is what I’ve heard:


Paul Young - Typical Paul Young-sound i.e. very predictable and in this case very boring.

The Cure - He’s never done it for me Robert Smith he hasn’t; and now neither. I do not really get the idea of why The Cure should do a version of the song in the first place; I mean, they've got plenty of their own.

Nouvelle Vague - Joy Division bossa nova style. Refreshinglu mad! And of course very original...

Fall Out Boy - Terrible! Almost blasphemous!


Joze Gonzalez
- Nice in it’s simplicity

Nick Cave - Perfect voice for this tune he has. Lovely musical arrangements

Unbroken - YAY!! Love it!! They have made the song their own, and one easily forgets it's a cover.

The King - Irish postman turned Elvis impersonator! Now, this guy is really interesting. He does Elvis impersonations on the pretext of "what songs would Elvis perform today?” On his album Gravelands he does covers solely of songs by dead people. His version of No Woman No Cry is not to be missed btw.

Swans - Michael Gira has the perfect baritone voice for this.

Squarepusher - Hmmm ... as nice as electronic jazz ca get I suppose...

Eläkeläisethttp - This is crazy but not very enjoyable. The tune is arranged as a humppa (trad. finnish polka-like dance). Apparently these guys are always intoxicated while playing and performing. Don’t blame them...

Kaycee - Well, there is always the trance/techno version isn’t there...

I think am beginning to be able to live with the idea that I will never be able to hear Johnny Cash do his version of the song...

2 comments:

Kalli said...

Johnny Cash, Ian Curtis and Nick Cave I'm guessing all have baritone voices. Lovely all anyway. And Cash would do a mean Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Marie Linder said...

and same goes, as pointed out, for Michael Gira of the Swans