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andy-hughes | 17:30 Sun 09th Aug 2020 | Music
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… I have seen more than my fair share of classic songs butchered beyond redemption - but I wonder if anything is going to eclipse this!

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the White Stripes version of "Jolene", perhaps?
Now that should make you cry Andy :-)

Superb song, no tears though.
Marianne Faithfuls claim to fame....?
Oh hang on :0(
It's opinion but it's not that awful and one assumes Mick thought it was OK. Without doubt this gets my vote for the worst cover and total ruination of a song ever by someone who's supposed to be a great singer. It's beyond dire.
Prudie, I just love that!
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Bobbi - // Marianne Faithfuls claim to fame....?
Oh hang on :0( //

You reckon?

I saw her play live in Montreal a few years ago, she held a sell-out audience of over two-thousand people absolutely spellbound from start to finish, and she is one of the greatest female performers I have ever seen - mind you 22 albums and 27 singles between 1965 and 2018 can do that do you ...
OMG Eleanor :-) Do you know the original?
Sad she's often remembered for her Mars Bar skills but back to her voice, I didn't care for her Singing at all , too much treble in it
Yes of course Prudie, I prefer the jazzed up version though x
Hugh Grant really let himself go :/
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Bobbi - // Sad she's often remembered for her Mars Bar skills but back to her voice, I didn't care for her Singing at all , too much treble in it //

No, what is sad is that the press made up a scurrilous story about her which is untrue (she denied it yet again when we met) and that has haunted her forever more.
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Margo - // Now that should make you cry Andy :-) //

That I loved!

I always adore the fact that one man's musical meat is another man's atonal poison.
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Prudie - // It's opinion but it's not that awful and one assumes Mick thought it was OK. Without doubt this gets my vote for the worst cover and total ruination of a song ever by someone who's supposed to be a great singer. It's beyond dire. //

Just to prove my earlier point, I really like this!

I saw Mr Cullum in Montreal (I see an amazing number of fine gigs there!) and he was wonderful, although I'm not a fan particularly.

What impressed me was that he is absolutely a jazz musician, but in concert, he performs like a rock star.

I met him in the hotel lift the next day, we were staying in the same place, and I told him that view, he was pleased.
I believe the mars bar story to be true, so does Private Eye mag.
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Sparkly - // I believe the mars bar story to be true, so does Private Eye mag. //

Fair enough - I believe Ms Faithfull. She told me face to face, and let's face it, she'd have had a much easier time if she had agreed it was true, and simply ignored all the fuss about it.

But she remains vaguely vexed, and rightly so in my view, that a stupid press prank has overshadowed a seriously impressive body of recorded and live work over fifty-five years.

You believe a magazine, I'll believe a person who knows better than anyone.

How's that?
I remember Girl On A Motorbike.
When it comes to awful covers, I can't think of much worse than Madonna's horrible massacring of Don McLean's American Pie.
The Girl on a Motorcycle

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