COVER NERD! - SEXY COVERS (SCROOBIUS PIP / OP8)
I'm fairly new to this whole blogging game, but I felt already it was time to share a couple of songs which I have to put in the bracket 'SEXY'. I know I'm not the authority on being sexy so please let me know which songs float your boat!
|Can You Feel It|
When I think of Scroobius Pip, the word sexy doesn’t immediately spring to mind. No offence to the bearded genius, but he’s just not my personal cup of tea (to look at). However, this track off of his album Distraction Pieces absolutely is. I remember seeing Mr Pip in London in late 2011 at the Hoxton Bar & Grill and towards the end of his set, a girl joined him on stage and they did this. Being so different from the rest of the set and album that he was exclusively playing, it stuck in my mind.
I like the way Scroobius speaks the lyrics and then Natasha Fox bursts in sometimes just after sometimes at the same time. The combination gets me going and now whenever I hear the song, it gives me goose pimples, and makes me wanna dim the lights, pour some wine and make my own sweet music, and no not a solo record.
I listened to the original Kate Bush song, which has been described as the sexiest song ever. It’s good, but I have to say I prefer Natasha Fox’s vocals. Maybe it’s because I heard the cover first, which usually means that stays as my favourite.
|When A Sexy Cover Isn't A Sexy Cover|
A few years ago, I was looking on the internet for any Calexico related songs, and came across the band OP8 which has Joey & John from Calexico as well as their oft collaborator Howe Gelb of Giant Sand (amongst many). This track featuring Lisa Germano on vocals, is a cover of the Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood 1960’s recording.
For me the breathy way in which both the male & female voices almost whisper the lyrics, make the hairs on my neck stand up and sends shivers down my spine. The xylophone (on the original version) and the snare brush drumming complement the singing really well.
NERD ALERT! - Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip once auditioned for the X-Factor (see here for proof)