Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Cheesy pop-reggae cover versions. The most famous one has to be the many 80's reggae takes of Tanita Tikaram's 'Baby Can I hold you tonight', and a more recent example would be Whitney Houston's 'Your Love is My Love' as covered by Terry Linen... those of you who are curious can check out some more of this pop-reggae spawn on this compilation...

Thats not the whole story though, Ive stumbled upon another tawdry and underground world of hidden cover versions - seemingly unreleased and available exclusively on soundtapes. So far Ive got 2 WICKED clash versions of Chris De Burgh's 'Lady in Red' from Metromedia and Unity sounds, a reedy relick of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time after Time' from V-Rocket, and (wait for it) Dana's 'All kinds of Everything' inna dancehall style (have to track this one down as I fainted with shock when I heard it and lost my place in the playlist).

Normally Id be sharing these gems - but these are just TOO good to be giving away willy nilly, so barring a tsunami of protest, audio evidence will have to wait until I actually do something with these killers.

Sorry to be such a tease! :P

UPDATE: Ive been thinking about this and remebering some other examples Ive discovered over the last couple of years. 'Careless Whisper' anyone? 'Cecilia', 'Sylvia's mother'? 80's soundclashes seem to be full of this stuff.

I think I'm going to have to dedicate a bit more time to this!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

*makes noise sound of tsunami of protest*

3:09 PM  
Blogger Per Jacobsson said...

Stone Love is gonna play forever! Forever! Forever young!

(Alphaville style)

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Shane said...

DJ 4kee (fachtna O Kelly) played that 'all kinds of everything' one to a packed dancefloor in Limerick. The bemused grins around the place were a sight to behold.

11:51 PM  
Blogger droid said...

Really Shane? Dya know who the artist/label was? The version I have is strictly soundclash.

I might throw something up next week if I remember. Anonymous and per made me chuckle, and thats gotta be worth some kind of reward. :D

BTW - I found a Pinchers version of 'Nothing Compares to You' the other day!

2:38 PM  

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