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|>>|| No. 8707
The Pet Shop Boys' Always On My Mind has been voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote.
The song, written by John Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, was first made famous by Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley in 1972.
Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt came in second place, followed by The Stranglers' version of Dionne Warwick's Walk On By. Jimi Hendrix's take on Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower came fourth. Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah completed the top five.
Not keen on that version of Walk On By but I like the rest. I reckon I'd have to have a good think about my favourite covers and I'm sure I'd still forget some.
|>>|| No. 8915
>The Pet Shop Boys' Always On My Mind has been voted the top cover version of all time in a BBC Music vote.
Unsurprising. They've only played it several times a week, every week, for the past 2 years, and had a few popmaster questions on it in recent months.
I'd be interested to see how the top 5 correlate with BBC airplay frequency over the past 12 months. Any easy way of finding out?
|>>|| No. 8916
I don't think it's a conscious thing at all, for the most part it's simply very difficult if not impossible to sing with a strong accent. Even most music from America tends to lean towards a more neutral accent rather than being noticeably American.
Accent mainly relates to rhythm and pitch of the voice, you can't really retain and accent whilst singing in more traditional styles.
When you notice singers with an accent, it's usually a different style of music, ones which are closer to spoken word than to singing.
Look at the Beatles, most of their songs don't have much of an accent in them, except yellow submarine. That song is closer to speech than singing, and the liverpool accents are much more noticeable.
You can even hear a change in accents in individual songs, in the pogues christmas song, the verse has a strong accent, you get to the "The boys of the NYPD choir Still singing 'Galway Bay'" in the chorus and the accent drops off.
The same thing happens in that new model army song, the yorkshire accents drop off a little when they begin to project their voices more in the chorus.
|>>|| No. 8917
>Even most music from America tends to lean towards a more neutral accent rather than being noticeably American.
>Look at the Beatles, most of their songs don't have much of an accent in them, except yellow submarine.
There is no such thing as a "neutral accent", and the Beatles sounded strongly Liverpudlian anyway.
|>>|| No. 8918
It's not entirely nonsense - the American accent lends itself to singing more due to the extended vowel sounds in the American accent.
|>>|| No. 8919
>The same thing happens in that new model army song, the yorkshire accents drop off a little when they begin to project their voices more in the chorus.
Counterexample: "The Downtown Lights" by The Blue Nile. Paul Buchanan's natural accent bursts through (to brilliant effect) as the song reaches a crescendo, as if the emotion of his words is too great to contain his natural voice.
I think it's mainly a matter of expectations. We're attuned to a particular transatlantic accent in pop music, to the extent that singing in your own accent is perceived as an affectation. Pop tends towards a universal, placeless aesthetic; Using a transatlantic accent allows your listener to paint the song with whatever background they care to imagine. In folk music, the opposite is true - localism is highly valued, so singing in anything other than your natural accent is seen as a betrayal of the core values of traditional music.
Melodic phrasing tends to neutralise any accent to some extent, but your accent naturally carries into your singing if you don't actively suppress it. I think Kate Rusby is a good example - she sings very melodically, but her Yorkshire accent is made clear in her vowel sounds.
I also suspect that there's an element of laziness that the transatlantic accent conceals. A lot of songwriters use quite generic, Hollywoodesque subjects and phrases that would sound slightly silly when sung in a regional accent. Adopting the persona of an international rockstar allows you to get away with all sorts of "ooh yeah baby" bullshit that only really works within the context of that pop fantasy.
|>>|| No. 8920
>The same thing happens in that new model army song, the yorkshire accents drop off a little when they begin to project their voices more in the chorus
It still does sound very "Yorkshire" though throughout.
I think many British punk/alternative/indie bands tend to sing more in their regional accent. It may have to do with their general attitude toward their own music as they kid themselves into believing that their music isn't as "commercial" as mainstream and adult-oriented rock.
Having said all that, here's indeed an example of a song where towards the chorus, their Scottish accent tapers off (this is one of my all-time-favourite folk songs):
|>>|| No. 9077
Probably the best thing Housewine ever did.
|>>|| No. 9078
She said it was her father's favourite song, which is why she used to do it. Rather sweet.
|>>|| No. 9079
I saw her do it at Old Trafford cricket ground. She had two blokes in proper rudeboy suits behind her skanking their brains out. It was probably one of the best things I've ever seen live.
|>>|| No. 9189
Go for it lad, I think .gs is about the right sort of audience for some of the daft shit I've done over the years, that I'm too shy to show the public otherwise.
|>>|| No. 9190
I think I will soon, I'm currently working on something so I'll get it up with that iykwim
Though if any of you lads want to start it before that then go for it.
|>>|| No. 9375
What about the title of that video is supposed to make me want to press play?
|>>|| No. 9376
Are you one of those lads who think every post is specifically aimed at them?
|>>|| No. 9378
He's looking well for 49. I'm not a bummer or owt, but he is a dishy fellow.
|>>|| No. 9397
Here's a cover of a Tom Waits song by an English folk duo. They normally don't play anything written in living memory, but decided to make an exception.
|>>|| No. 9416
please guide me to more tip-top manchester post-punk funk.
already given 23 skidoo and a certain ratio a listen but i need more
|>>|| No. 9480
I'm not really a fan of this type of cover, but I like this one.
|>>|| No. 9485
Seeing as we've gone a bit pop-punk, here's a few guilty pleasures of mine.
|>>|| No. 9486
Allister are the king of Pop-Punk covers:
They have an entire album of covers called Guilty Pleasures.
Another pop-punk cover I enjoy is:
|>>|| No. 9487
I can't work out whether I actually like this or not.
|>>|| No. 9779
Best Christmas song of recent years, which is probably damning it with faint praise.
|>>|| No. 10153
I haven't listened to Rilo Kiley in years, but I've now got this in my head.
|>>|| No. 10423
Nice to see Jack Off Jill get a mention. Still my favourite band. It was ace getting to see them on the mini reunion run; I never thought it wod happen.
|>>|| No. 10440
>>8819 i'd never heard the Sophie EB cover before. You've really spoiled my day now. She sounds like a right karaoke queen.
|>>|| No. 10917
(Starts at 28s)
It's nice how a language barrier can lead to an original sounding cover that still does it justice.
|>>|| No. 10918
Fucking hell, Jack Off Jill. Haven't thought of them in a decade or more.
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