Blerd: Sup man?…rifling through the 6 million albums i bought today.
(ok, not 6 million…it was 8)
G: I only got two – I’m waiting for the super deluxe Nirvana set. I’ve never bought a super deluxe anything!
B: Haha…I dont have super deluxe money!
G: I’ve got a super deluxe…oh, never mind.
B: So, I’ve been thinking about cover convo combos.
G: Do tell!
B: I decided I was gonna go with a new release theme, and pitch you a song by an artist who had an album come out today.
Did you know that Yanni put an album out today?
G: Oh, fuck. I already don’t like this.
B: Psych! Just yanking your chain.
Yanni has a baller mustache (ed. note: I think he shaved it.)
B: I almost went with “All Apologies” for today’s cover convo.
But speaking of mustaches, you know who else has a baller ‘stache?
G: John Oates?
B: DING DING DING!
Granted, we’ve featured Hall & Oates in a previous cover convo, but lots of people have remade their shit, and Daryl Hall has a new album out this week.
So we’re gonna go for an H2O quickie today, and a remake you may have never heard
B: Their first #1 hit! Mildly shocking because of the use of the “B” word in the chorus
G: I actually can’t believe that this was ’76. Whoops-the album was 1976, but the single wasn’t issued until January 1977.
B: Much to like in that clip too, particularly Daryl’s luxurious hairdo and blue jumpsuit.
G: They were a stylin’ bunch!
It does have the smoother vibe of the era; it would be a bit longer before they got some more funk in ’em.
B: It’s definitely a smooth Philly soul type jam.
Did you know that this was covered?
G: I don’t recall any covers…
G: 1. I had no idea
2. This kind of rules.
B: I love the fact that she kinda muffs the beginning a little.
I feel like someone gave her the sheet music one day, and she was like “just gimme a bottle of whiskey and im gonna knock this shit out”
G: And she did, goddamn!
The old school vocalists renditions of contemporary hits in the ’70s/’80s is always such a crapshoot, but I say, this one is a success story.
B: I love Nina, and I love her version of this song, but i wonder how much of it is because of how i imagine the recording session went.
G: Nina retains the basic feel of Hall and Oates’ original, but adds her own characteristic flair.
B: I dont think Nina was capable of not adding her flair to anything!
G: True, true.
B: As you know, there was also a Hall & Oates covers album released last year.
G: Oh yes, indeed, and I love it.
This whole album is very well done, in my opinion. I know some folks hated on it.
B: I liked, didnt love it. I feel like the singer sounds a little detached at times, which is cool but also kinda weird.
G: That’s kind of her schtick in general, I think. I’m a big Bird and the Bee fan.
B: I like their original stuff, and their cover of “How Deep Is Your Love” is killer.
(a lightbulb goes off in Blerd’s head.)
G: I love their quirkiness, and I think that their H&O album is completely earnest at a time where H&O are sometimes appreciated “ironically,” whatever that actually means.
B: Yeah, fuck that word! You like something or you don’t like something-simple as that.
So, one song. Three versions. What do you think?
G: I mean, this is a case where I can’t say anything is better than the original. While both covers are competent and enjoyable, the original reigns for me.
Also, the covers are very true to the original.
B: This is true…they’re not particularly wacky. The Nina Simone version has a little more bounce or funk to it, and the Bird version is more icy and electro, but they’re all good.
G: So are you with me on this one?
B: I think so…Daryl & John FTW.
I admit this wasn’t the most challenging of choices. But you needed to hear Nina Simone do “Rich Girl”.
G: I really did.
Well, that said – what’s your pick between the two covers?
B: Oh, Nina all the way.
G: I’m a little torn, given that I only heard Nina’s take for the first time tonight.
B: “Rich Girl” is a song that demands a forceful vocal.B&B’s version is a little twee.
G: Fair point. I think I’m going to have to go with B&B though, partially because it’s more familiar, and partially because I dig the electro vibe.
So we agree and disagree.
B: Sweet!! You and I butt heads! It’s unprecedented!
G: You’re a butthead.
B: Oh SNAP!
G: Well, look at it this way. That makes me Beavis!
B: OK, that does make me feel a little better.
Wow-so that was the Cover Convo!
G: I’m glad that there’s at least one more Hall and Oates convo to be had!
B: Hell, i can already think of a fourth. But you’ve got dibs on the next one…so don’t come wack!