A cover song that's better than the original
I think the best covers give you a new appreciation for the original songs.
I've always liked Blondie's "Heart of Glass," probably because I like disco funk. But I never paid too much attention to the lyrics, until I heard this cover. It's by a Charlottesville-based Americana group called Old School Freight Train.
Take a couple of minutes and watch this music video. The best part comes about 3:40 minutes into it.
I actually went back and re-read the lyrics to "Heart of Glass" after watching the video. Old School Freight Train tweaks them just a bit:
Once I had a love and it was divine
Soon found out I was losing my mind
It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind
So much mistrust, love's gone behind
Adorable illusion and I cannot hide
I'm the one you're using
please don't push me aside
Not bad, Debbie Harry. Not bad.
Old School Freight Train's cover kind of reminds me of Iron and Wine's cover of "Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service. They both slow down and pare down the originals. As a result, the covers have an ethereal, cinematic quality to them.
And I love the video of the Civil War re-enactment. Well done, all around. Thanks to Amywoo for the tip.