Saturday, July 14, 2012

100 Cover Versions #66: Elvis Costello and the Attractions cover 'My Funny Valentine'

Elvis Costello's cover version of My Funny Valentine was first recorded in 1978 and was the b-side to his Oliver's Army single in 1979. His version is just one minute and thirty one seconds and is a real little gem.

Shout it Out - Reece Mastin

Reece Mastin was the winner of the third series of The X Factor in Australia in 2011. His new single Shout It Out went to number one in the ARIA singles chart last week.  It is his second  Australian chart number one single following Good Night which was released in 2011. His second single Shut Up & Kiss Me got to number 2 in Australia but was a number one in New Zealand. Reece is also the first Australian to have two number ones in the ARIA chart so far this decade.  

Australians really love their pop music. Karmin's Broken Hearted is an example of an American pop song that is doing well in the ARIA charts. As I noted here before I wish the various songs by Australian music artists were also hits internationally. 

100 Cover Versions #65: Fun. covers 'We Owned the Night' by Lady Antebellum

We Owned the Night was an American Country music number one single in 2011 for Lady Antebellum. Their most well known single Need You Now is still in the UK singles chart following Gary Barlow and Cheryl Cole's duet at the Queen's Jubilee concert a few weeks ago. 

We Owned The Night was covered by Fun. for a SiriusXM music session. It is a song that really 
suits Nate Ruess's voice. Here is their version.

I Just Want A Lover - Will Young

I Just Want A Lover is the latest single by Will Young. It is the fourth single from his album Echoes which is one of the best pop albums of the past year.

Here's the video for I Just Want A Lover. Someday Will will have a male love interest in his videos! Not a shopping trolley!

There are also some great remixes of I Just Want a Lover. Here's the Wideboys remix which is a bit someone bumped into the record player and hit the speed mix.

and the Arthur M Remix which is very likeable indeed.

Vegas Girl - Conor Maynard

Conor Maynard has released the new video for his second single Vegas Girl. It is released on download on July 20th here in Ireland and on the 22nd in the UK. The video for Vegas Girl has a completely American feel to it and if Cher Lloyd can do well in the Billboard charts with Want U Back then there is no reason why Conor can't too. Of all of the new and current pop acts he uses social media in the marketing of his music to it's full advantage and that is featured very much in the new video. Both the song and video is colourful and summery and it will definitely be a big hit for him.

Octopus (RAC Remix) - Bloc Party

Octopus is the new single by Bloc Party. It is taken from their forthcoming album Four. The RAC Remix of Octopus is very good indeed and here it is.

and here's the new video for Octopus.