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Cover Battle – “One Way or Another” August 2, 2013
The song was originally done by Blondie – the punk new wave hard-driving rock band fronted by the magnetic melodic muse, Deborah Harry. It’s frenetic and focused yet all over the place. It switches tempo frequently and Debbie’s vocal is alternately manic, creepy and seductive. I mean, is she trying to catch her stalker or is she the ultimate stalker? You’re not really sure, but you don’t even care. She and the band just rock out and give it all they’ve got, maintaining their edge all the way through. I love it.
As for the collaboration between Blondie and Joss Stone – it doesn’t work for me. I don’t think Joss’s voice works for the song and I don’t really think she and Debbie mesh that well. They’re both powerful performers with great strong voices but together it was distracting and discordant. It kind of sounded like a hot mess.
As much as I didn’t want to like it (I think I am getting better about accepting remakes and covers and reimagininings, though) I thought the One Direction version was kind of cute. And it’s not just because it’s for Red Nose Day, on behalf of the British charity, Comic Relief. They are rather engaging young blokes. Plus the way they’re hopping around in the video reminded me of The Monkees, so it was fun.
I have a different reaction to the next version. Oh my gosh, I cannot even tell you how much I hate this one. I won’t even call it a remake. It’s just a massacre. I was surprised that there was only one cover version done by a “name” group. I had originally only found the One Direction one, then I kept looking and saw the Mandy Moore cover. Unfortunately, while listening to it I really started to gag. I mean Mandy Moore seems like a nice person and all but this sounded horrible to me and so far away from anything even remotely enjoyable or catchy. Ugh.
Gone but not forgotten – Wendie Jo Sperber December 29, 2010
Watched an episode of Will & Grace this morning. It featured the fabulous Wendie Jo Sperber. She was always one those actors that enhances whatever she’s in. I miss seeing her.