I was in a short-lived power pop band in 1989. Mostly originals written by the guitar player and a few covers. I can't remember anything about that band except this:
Me and the guitarist both agreed that "I Heard A Rumour" by Bananarama was a fantastic pop song and had a real chance of true credibility if made over. We decided to slow the tempo down. Think John Waite's "Missing You" for pace. We had Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire" in mind for a guitar sound. A nice, solid Ringo drum feel. And for the hell of it, we added some call & answer backing vocals that overlapped on the chorus, something like--
"I heard a rumour (YOU HEARD A RUMOUR)/they said you had a broken heart/BROOOO-KEN HAAAART"
Anyway, we worked this out and it went over like gangbusters at our one and only gig.
I thought about all of this the other night in the wake of the Grammy Awards, how even pop music and dance music and disco and so many other bad rap genres, as well as rap, used to be so much better.
But that's not really why I am here.
I have this fantasy that someone reading this blog will see this post and say to his bandmates, "Wow! Sal has this great idea for a Bananarama cover." They demo it and it's great, just like me and the guitarist pictured it in 1989. Of course, the fantasy will also include a producer credit for me, more work in the future, and lots of royalty checks. But one thing at a time.
Can you think of a song that you like, but ultimately hear in a different way?