Some things are just shit.
By the dedicated Apeman
Why, hello there. Welcome to my section of the blog “put me back in the crowd”. I would like to begin by explaining a couple of things about this blog, I am not a fan of the name of It, it wasn’t my choice, I think it’s stupid, I think it’s boring, but it is a Tom Waits quote, and Tom Waits is cool. I wanted it to be called the dedicated apeman. While you may be somewhat bewildered by this and think I have some weird fetish for apes, well think again. It is actually a combination of two Kinks songs, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion” and “Apeman” which incidentally if you’ve never heard, listen to them now, you won’t regret it. I thought this was rather clever and funny, but other people seem to think otherwise… anyway, I’ve managed to squeeze it in by writing under the pseudo of “the dedicated apeman” so I am relatively content. And that’s that, swings and roundabouts as they say.
Right. I will begin.
There are certain situations which arise, where songs are covered in such a way that they should never be covered again. Now, this is not musically speaking, if someone does an incredible cover musically of the song, it can still be covered again, but only if someone thinks they can bring a new perspective to it. For example, while many say “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan is uncoverable due to the incredible Jimi Hendrix version, I disagree. There is still more that could be brought to the song, a really bluesy version I think would bring something new to it, that would be pretty cool, actually.
It is not musical talent which deems something uncoverable, but it is the situation, the legacy and the emotion in a song, which does this. This is why Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” was the definitive version, and why Leona Lewis covering it, is completely ridiculous and, an insult to Johnny Cash’s memory.
Johnny Cash sung the song “Hurt” as he faced death; it is almost a goodbye to life, and his love (June Carter), who would die soon after watching the video which was recorded alongside the song. It is the last performance of a musical legend, and you can hear him pour everything he has left to give into and when he sings “what have I become, my sweetest friend?” in his rich, yet broken voice, is hard to listen to, without shedding a tear.
This song, should never have been covered again. Simple as that, and yet, Leona Lewis covered it. What the fuck?! I mean, I don’t like to swear, but what the ACTUAL FUCK. Her version is emotionally bland, terribly produced and void of any originality. And yet, what makes me really angry is that if you look on YouTube, people defend her. Saying that , “people can like what they like” and that “it’s all subjective anyway”. Subjective, my arse.
I’m sick of all this subjective nonsense. Leona Lewis’s version of “Hurt” has absolutely nothing on the Johnny Cash version, and that’s not just my preference, it was in every single way, better. And yet people claim, that it is a subjective opinion, NO.
Johnny Cash’s version was well produced, well arranged and incredibly well performed. Leona Lewis’s was none of these, and while people are saying things like, “she can’t ruin the song, the other versions are still there” they are missing the point. Leona Lewis has taken away from Johnny Cash’s version simply by singing it, and forever will the two now be compared.
People who listen to this awful music do need to actually the face facts. Sure, they can listen to it if they want, but they can’t defend it, saying it’s just as good as other things simply because they like it. Because, it’s not. Some things are just shit.