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Cover Battle – “When Doves Cry” May 30, 2014


Prince. Prolific, funky, creative genius. Of course I couldn’t find a listenable version of “When Doves Cry” on YouTube but I did find this link on something called “mojvideo”. It’s the original, it’s sexy, it’s classic. It’s Prince. That’s all you need to know


Singer-songwriter Ginuwine did a version that throws in all sorts of extraneous bits and bobs, maybe in an attempt to modernize it or something. It doesn’t work; it sounds cluttered and busy. It’s clearly not meant to cover up the genius work of Prince but it’s very distracting and makes it seem like these additions are on the same level as Prince’s work and it’s not. It’s like a kid got a fancy electronic toy and just decided to push some buttons and “make it his own”. No. It’s not yours. Give it back.


The Alex Clare cover seems rushed. You can hear some of the funkiness of the original underneath this reimagining, and in the spaces between the singing. I don’t think this one is particularly successful, though.


The Patti Smith version is definitely less “funky” and doesn’t display Prince’s inherent ingratiating sexual musicality but I still find this very attractive and interesting to listen to. Usually when I say “I don’t hate it” that means I find it kind of “meh” and if I never heard it again it wouldn’t bother me, but I want to hear the way Patti does this. And I’d put it on repeat for quite awhile. It’s a very striking rendition, which I think would only deepen upon further listening.


Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I like Barenaked Ladies doing this. It’s got great passion and wonderful guitar work. I also find just a little bit of sexiness in this. Who knew?


Actress Tracie Thoms gives a stunning performance from a Baz Luhrman live stage musical production. She literally gave me goose bumps and chills.


The Canadian group The Be Good Tanyas have an interesting take on this. They’re kind of folky and bluegrass, and I can actually hear a banjo. The song opens with a really hard beat, even harder than the original, and I wasn’t really sure where it was going with the vocals. It took a bit of getting used to, but by the middle of the song I started getting into it. Without a doubt, I would listen to this again, and enjoy doing so.







*Welp* (more Hiddleston Lady Tingles) November 13, 2013

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Cover Battle: “Feeling Good” April 19, 2013


As I come up with more and more songs, these cover battle intros (and video examples) are getting longer. May have to start editing myself again. Eventually. But anyway –


What can I say about this song. It’s awesome. I’m not even sure anyone can go wrong with this song. I mean, those horns? Come on! It’s big and brassy and showy and dramatic. I think you can tell I kinda like it. I heard the first one years ago during my Buble infatuation.* I knew I had heard the song before but I don’t remember when or where or by who (whom?) or in what context. Michael’s version is super slick and sexy and checking out the video you can easily see this used in a Bond flick.


The Muse version, I think, is the best one. It’s hard and passionate and bold and, in plain English (see what I did there? ‘cuz, like, they’re British?) totally kicks ass. Adam Lambert’s is modern and uses his sweet screeching (in a good way) falsetto and vocal gymnastics to good effect. It’s just over the top and it suits him.


Nina Simone. Deep voiced and throaty , nothing outrageous, just straight forward singing; a little old school scatting. Cool. Crazy cool.


I just heard Jennifer Hudson’s version for the first time today, and after only a few seconds in I got chills. The power of her voice is amazing. I do feel some of the smolder is lost in the slightly faster tempo of this arrangement. But still, it’s a great breakdown of a powerful piece of music.


I think the Rebecca Ferguson performance is a little less successful, for me. While she does seem to bring a new take the song (and her look is flawless) I can sense a little hint of timidity and uncertainty in her performance. I think if she just owned it a bit more that would go a long way in selling it to the audience.


Now Ed Sheeran. Wow. Totally unexpected. With no horns or big orchestral instrumentation, on a live radio station mike (mic?) with only his guitar as accompaniment .


I’ve also included a recording done by the composer, English actor and singer Anthony Newley. It’s heavy on piano and strings, and doesn’t really hint at the potential power of future incarnations, but I don’t think composer showcase versions ever really do.


Shoot – Just found a Bobby Darin one, too. And in my book if there’s a Bobby Darin version, it is not to be ignored. Evah. Bobby can do no wrong. This is called taking a song and making it your own. Same song as everyone else but it’s all Bobby.


And of course I just found two more. That’s it, guys, I swear. Really.


So we have George Michael. It’s good, but I don’t know if I’d keep coming back to it. I’ll have to listen to it a few more times. And then we have the lovely John Barrowman aka Doctor Who/Torchwood’s Captain Jack Harkness (excuse me, while I go all gushy). Where’s my fainting couch so I can give a proper swoon. That laugh he gives at the end? Unf.


Okay, now that’s it. I really mean it this time. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to bed now to dream of Captain Jack.






*It’s over, he’s married now and we’ve both moved on. (Buble: call me!)


The Daily Hotness – Vinnie Jones January 10, 2012

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Vinnie Jones on IMDB

Vinnie Jones on wiki

The Official Vinnie Jones website

Football Association of Wales

Soccer’s Hard Men

The riddle of Vinnie Jones

Learn How To Stay Alive With Vinnie Jones!

Vinnie Jones: ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, we all like to be loved’

Vinnie Jones Arrested For, Well, Being Vinnie Jones

Magic Boys

The Liquidator

The Cape

Kill the Irishman


The Midnight Meat Train

Hell Ride

X-Men: The Last Stand



Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels


The Daily Hotness – Kadeem Hardison January 3, 2012




Kadeem Hardison on IMDB

Kadeem Hardison on wiki

Kadeem Hardison on Film References


Go Tell It on the Mountain


Cold Case

Everybody Hates Chris

Made of Honor

A Different World

The Sweep


Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story

Love Hollywood Style

Biker Boyz


Dancing in September

Between Brothers


Living Single

White Men Can’t Jump

I’m Gonna Git You Sucka

Spenser: For Hire



The Daily Hotness – Timbaland January 2, 2012




Tim “Timbaland” Mosely on IMDB

Timbaland on wiki

Timbaland Official site

Everyone Wants Timbaland

Timbaland: ‘I Was In Love With Aaliyah’



The Daily Hotness – Stephen Lang January 1, 2012


"Crime Story" One of the best shows ever! IMHO



Stephen Lang on IMDB

Stephen Lang on wiki

To Appomattox

Officer Down

Terra Nova

Forgoing His Father’s Millions …

The Multiple Personalities of Stephen Lang

Don’t tell ‘Avatar’s’ Stephen Lang …

Colonel Miles Quaritch – Avatar’s Badass

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Conan the Barbarian

White Irish Drinkers



Law & Order: Criminal Intent

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Public Enemies

The Bronx Is Burning

Gods and Generals

The Mother



Last Exit to Brooklyn

Crime Story


Death of a Salesman



The Daily Hotness – Robin Thicke December 23, 2011




Robin Thicke on wiki

Official website

Industry All Access

A ‘Love After War’ Note From Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke Feeling the Pains of Fatherhood

Robin Thicke Says …



The Daily Hotness – Zachary Quinto November 1, 2011




Zachary Quinto at IMDB

Zachary Quinto at wiki

Official site

Actor Zachary Quinto comes out in honor of bullied teen

What’s Your Number?

Margin Call

Before After


Star Trek

Robot Chicken

So noTORIous

Crossing Jordan


Six Feet Under



The Daily Hotness – Troy Garity October 31, 2011




Troy Garity at IMDB

Troy Garity at wiki

The U.S. Veteran Dispatch

The Thinking Man’s Actor

Homies Unidos

We Are Alex

Jane Fonda

Tom Hayden

Troy Garity To Star In ‘Boss’ …

The Playboy Club

TSoldier’s Girl



After the Sunset


Hawaii Five-0

A Day in the Life


Milwaukee, Minnesota

Steal This Movie

Conspiracy Theory

On Golden Pond