And why are they better than the original?
In the wake of Valentine’s Day, a certain song has been on my mind, a staple of my Anti-Valentine’s Day playlist: “Wicked Game”
No offense to Chris Isaak, but “Wicked Game” is cheesy. Right? But only his version. Yeah, I know it’s his song, so this makes no sense at all. Let me explain.
This song is sad. Yet the Isaak version is all “sexy” and broody and hangin-out-with-a-topless-model-on-the-beach. You know. You’ve seen the video. But why? To sell records, duh.
Remember it now?
When you look at the lyrics, really look at them, this isn’t a love song. If someone ever dedicates this song to you, or declares it your song, then I hate to tell you this, but you’re in trouble.
You’ve heard the chorus, right?
I don’t want to fall in love with you.
Take for instance the last line…
Nobody loves no one.
How romantic! Despite this–or maybe because of it–I love this song.
For this Music Monday, let’s listen to some covers. “Wicked Game” is certainly not the most covered song ever–or even in the top ten. But for a song released in 1990, artists are still putting their own spin on it. What I love most about each cover is how the artist interprets it, and how the style changes the song completely. Most covers are on the somber side, much like the original, I suppose.
Except for my first selection from HIM. My favorite WG cover. They chose a heavier approach. It fits. And it changes the entire tone of the song! The lyrics make SO MUCH MORE SENSE when sung this way. Sorry to yell. I feel very strongly about this. 🙂