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Got You Covered: Hurt

Today we have a song that has been covered a few times. We'll take a look at the original and two of the covers. And we'll ask 'Who Sang It Best?'

"Hurt" is a song written by Trent Reznor, first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996.

The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed. Some listeners contend that the song acts as a suicide note written by the album's protagonist, as a result of his depression, while others claim that it describes the difficult process of finding a reason to live in spite of depression and pain

In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the song for his album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. Its accompanying video, featuring images from Cash's life, was named the best video of the year by the Grammy Awards and CMA Awards, and the best video …

All Out Of Love

"All Out of Love" is a pop ballad by Air Supply, released in 1980. It was written by Graham Russell and Clive Davis.

All Out Of Love

I'm lying alone with my head on the phone
Thinking of you till it hurts
I know you hurt too but what else can we do
Tormented and torn apart
I wish I could carry your smile and my heart
For times when my life feels so low
It would make me believe what tomorrow could bring
When today doesn't really know, doesn't really know

I'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you
I know you were right believing for so long
I'm all out of love, what am I without you
I can't be too late to say that I was so wrong

I want you to come back and carry me home
Away from this long lonely nights
I'm reaching for you, are you feeling it too
Does the feeling seem oh so right
And what would you say if I called on you now
And said that I can't hold on
There's no easy way, it gets harder each day
Please love me or I'll be gone, I'll be gone

Oh, …

Story of The Safety Dance

Did you sing those words as you read them?
"The Safety Dance" is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers "pogoing" to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming.

The song was written by Ivan Doroschuk after he had been kicked out of a club for pogoing. New wave dancing, especially "pogoing", was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if "pogoers" accidentally bounced into one another (the more deliberately violent evolution of "pogoing" is slam dancing). The bouncers did not like 'pogoing" so they would tell "pogoers" to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression. Other lyrics in the song include references to the way "pogoing" looked to bou…

A Look at Alternative Rock Band R.E.M.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about a cover of REM's song "Losing My Religion". (You can read that post HERE) At that time, I promised I would write more about the band at a later date. That date has finally arrived.

 R.E.M. were an alternative rock band formed in Athens, Georgia,in 1980. The band originally consisted of Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitar, mandolin), Mike Mills (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Bill Berry (drums, vocals). Berry retired from the band in October 1997 after having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1995.

R.E.M. released its first single, ”Radio Free Europe“, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur , and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground suc…

Who is Meghan Trainor and is she really All About That Bass?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post that included a cover of Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass". At that time, I promised I would write more about her at a later date.  Ladies and Gentlemen, that date has arrived.

Meghan Trainor is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Trainor began singing at the tender age of 6 and songwriting at age 11. She later became a member of a band called Island Fusion and a jazz band at high school. At the age of 15, Trainor produced and released a self-titled album. She then attended the Berklee College of Music and found success at a variety of songwriting contests across the United States. In 2011, she released two acoustic albums, I'll Sing with You and Only 17. The latter earned her a song publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog Music, where she wrote for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter, among others.

In February 2014, Trainor was signed to Epic Records by L.A. Reid after performing her song "All About That Bas…

Who the Heck is Paul McCartney?

Pardon me... I need to Vent!
I am beginning to think that there is something inherently wrong with our latest generation.

Recently, Sir Paul McCartney collaborated on a song, "Only One" with Kanye West. Many of Kanye's fans took to Twitter to find out who the "unknown" artist is on the track and even credited Kanye with helping McCartney acquire fame.

One twit tweeted:
"Who is Paul McCartney? Why do people love him?"
"Paul McCartney is obviously using Kanye for fame,"
she added.

Another twit tweeted:
"I don't know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/ this new song!!"

At first I thought the whole 'Who is Paul McCartney' thing was a hoax. A stupid hoax, but still a hoax.

And I worry about Sir Paul's senility. After all, he's the one that made the choice to pair up with that d-bag (and I'm not talking dimes here) Kanye (don't even get me started on my thoughts here!).

Then c…

Got You Covered: SOS

I found the song for today's installment of Got You Covered, while surfing the internet.  I love it when I find little gems like this.

Back in the 70's to early 80's there was a band from Sweden named ABBA. They cranked out a number of popular hits during their time.  I'll tell you more about them in a later post.

One such hit was this song. It was released in 1975:

I always did like this song. I recall sitting in a music classroom in school and the teacher was trying to teach us this song. Here's an interesting side note about this song - "SOS" is the only Hot 100 single (or #1 single in Australia) in which both the title and the credited act are palindromes.

Fast forward about 10 years. A little band from Quebec, Canada showed up on the music scene. These guys called themselves Men Without Hats. They, too,  were quite popular in their time. I'll talk more about them later as well.

Today, I found a little gem on the intern…

Got You Covered - Uptown Funk

Today's installment of "Got You Covered" takes us to FunkyTown

"Uptown Funk" is a song recorded by English producer Mark Ronson, with guest vocals by American recording artist Bruno Mars, for Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special. The song was written by Ronson, Jeff Bhasker, Mars and Philip Lawrence; with Ronson, Mars and Bhasker credited for producing it as well.

The single has been commercially successful, spending several weeks at the top of the charts. The single holds the title of the all-time most streamed track in a single week in the United Kingdom, having been streamed a record 2.56 million times in a single week.

The tune is rather catchy. Here, have a listen:

The latest craze it seems to be that new, catchy songs are quickly covered and parodied. I've seen quite a few versions of the song myself.

One of the better parodies is called "Suburban Funk" which features soccer moms living in surburbia, a…

Break Up Songs: Since U Been Gone

"Since U Been Gone" is a song recorded by American pop rock singer Kelly Clarkson from her second studio album, Breakaway. The song, which was written and produced by Max Martin and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, was released on November 16, 2004 by RCA Records as the lead single from the album. It is an uptempo pop rock, and power pop song that infuses electronic sound with a mixture of soft and loud alternative-rock sound. Martin originally wrote "Since U Been Gone" with Pink in mind but she turned it down. It was then given to Hilary Duff but she rejected the song because she could not reach its higher notes. The song was finally given to Clarkson after Clive Davis convinced the writers to give it to her. Clarkson decided to add heavier guitars and harder drums to the song after noticing that the demo had an obvious pop sound. Lyrically, the song is written from a woman's point of view where she expresses her sense of relief --- albeit ambivalent at …

Break Up Songs: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

"The problem is all inside your head", she said to me
The answer is easy if you take it logically
I'd like to help you in your struggle to be free
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover

She said, it's really not my habit to intrude
Furthermore, I hope my meaning won't be lost or misconstrued
But I'll repeat myself at the risk of being crude
There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
Fifty ways to leave your lover

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free

Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Ooo, slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
You just listen to me

Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

She said, it grieves me so to see you in such pain
I wish there was something I could do to make you smile again
I said, I appreciate that and would…

Break Up Songs: Pictures Of You

 Pictures Of You

I've been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they're real
I've been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel

You standing quiet in the rain
As I ran to your heart to be near
And we kissed as the sky fell in
Holding you close
How I always held close in your fear
You running soft through the night
You were bigger and brighter and wider than snow
And screamed at the make-believe
Screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage
To let it all go

You fallen into my arms
Crying for the death of your heart
You were stone white
So delicate
Lost in the cold
You were always so lost in the dark
You how you used to be
Slow drowned
You were angels
So much more than everything
Hold for the last time then slip away quietly
Open my eyes
But I never see anything

If only I'd thought of the right words
I could have held on to your heart
If only I'd thought o…

Break Up Songs: Don't Speak

Today's Break Up Song was the most successful international single for the group, No Doubt.

Don't Speak is written by Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric Stefani. The song is about their bandmate Tony Kanal, who ended a seven year relationship with Gwen.

You and me, we used to be together
Every day together, always
I really feel that I'm losing my best friend
I can't believe this could be the end

It looks as though you're letting go
And if it's real, well I don't want to know

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts

Our memories, they can be inviting
But some are altogether mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my hands, I sit and cry

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me 'cause it hurts, no, no

Don't speak
I …

Break Up Songs: Pray For You

This past week we talked about falling in love and all those mushy emotions related to Valentine's Day. But I haven't forgot about those of you who may have not been so lucky in the love department.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to this week's Theme : Break Up Songs

Earworm of the Day: I Pray For You, by Jaron Lowenstein (credited under the name Jaron and the Long Road To Love)

I haven't been to church since I don't remember when
Things were goin' great 'til they fell apart again
So I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do
He said you can't go hatin' others who have done wrong to you
Sometimes we get angry, but we must not condemn
Let the good Lord do His job and you just pray for them

I pray your brakes go out runnin' down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I'd like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you're flyin' high when your engine stalls
I pray all y…

Got You Covered: Rolling In The Deep

This weekend's Cover Song is a nice seque between Valentines Day, and our theme for the coming week.

Rolling in The Deep is a song written by Adele and Paul Epworth, and was released in November 2010. It is a dark bluesy gospel disco tune.

The song was written in a single afternoon following Adele's breakup with her boyfriend. It was her reaction to being told that her life was going to be boring and lonely and rubbish.

We'll talk more about Adele in a future post.

Let's give Adele's version a listen:

Rolling in The Deep has been covered by quite a few different artists.

Linkin Park, an alternative band that leans more toward nu-metal and rap metal is one such band that has covered the song.

Here is their version:

Side Note: I did find another cover, but it's not for the faint of heart. Most definitely NSFW. But if you're curiosity is killing you - search YouTube for Lil Wayne's version of the son…