Thursday, June 14, 2012

100 Cover Versions #42: Will Young covers 'Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)' by Kate Bush

Here is the third cover version of a song by Kate Bush on my list following earlier posts of Cloudbusting by Gemma Hayes and Babooshka by Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys. This one is Will Young's cover of Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God). Will continues to be one of my most listened to male vocalists. I've loved all of his last few singles from his Echoes album including his newest one I Just Want A Lover which is released on June 25th. 

Here is a beautifully structured version of Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) that he recorded for Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show in August of 2011. Will has sung it live at concerts too so hopefully I will see him sing it at a future concert in Dublin someday.

Harden my Heart - Quarterflash

In 1981 Quarterflash has a top 3 Billboard Hot 100 hit single with their song Harden My Heart. It was also a number one American mainstream rock hit. The lead singer and saxophonist in the band was Rindy Ross and her husband Marv was the band's guitarist. The other members of the band were guitarist Jack Charles, drummer Brian David Willis, Rich Gooch on bass and Rick DiGiallonardo on keyboards. Quarterflash came from Portland, Oregon and they had a further 6 singles chart in the Billboard Hot 100 in the 1980s including the top 20 hits Find Another Fool in 1982 and Take Me To Heart in 1983. 

When I went to see the Rock of Ages movie today one of the best parts of it was recognising the various songs a few notes in. The song that brought me right back to the radio days of the 1980s was hearing Harden My Heart again which is sung in the film by Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige and it is a version with Shadows of the Night by Pat Benatar mixed in. I hadn't heard Harden My Heart in years and I think it's such a great gorgeous rock classic. Broken hearts never sounded as good as they did in 80s rock songs. 

Here are both versions of Harden My Heart

The first is the original video for Harden My Heart by Quarterflash

and here also is a 1982 Solid Gold TV show performance.

and from the Rock of Ages soundtrack Harden My Heart and Shadows of the Night sung by Julianne Hough and Mary J. Blige.