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I like cover versions. At least I do when they're doing something interesting with the song. I don't really see the point of recording straight copies of songs - it would be like a tribute band making an album. I could lose days on a site like Second Hand Songs, and I'm not alone in this - I've just found out that the BBC have put a list together as well.
A conversation the other day reminded me about when my old band was big in Japan. Well, medium-sized in Japan, anyway. We'd released our album in the UK on our own label, and it had been critically acclaimed. We signed a deal with Sony to release it in Japan, and we were all very excited about the prospect.
I went to a blues gig recently, and I'm not sure why, but the whole thing just felt wrong. The thing about white men playing the blues has been done to death, but it is odd that an evening of music from poor black America should be full of pale home counties faces. Maybe it's the virtuosity that riles me - too many notes being played just for the sake of showing off.
It's Sunday evening and I've just come home and turned on the TV to see Beyoncé's set at Glastonbury. The band are tight, Crazy In Love sounds fantastic, and I'm sure it would be a great gig to watch. So why does the whole thing make me glad that I didn't bother?