Saturday, November 10, 2012

100 Cover Versions: #99: Madonna covers 'Love Don't live Here Anymore' by Rose Royce

Two songs left on my list of 100 cover versions. From the very beginning there was always going to be a Madonna song and while she has covered many songs over the years my most favourite  cover version by Madonna  is her very first. It's Love Don't Live Here Anymore which featured on her Like A Virgin album. It was written by Miles Gregory and was originally recorded by Rose Royce in 1978. In 1985 I was 15 when I bought the Like A Virgin album when it was re-issued with Into The Groove included. That same album is on my desk as I type. Like a Virgin contains three other of my all time favourite Madonna songs; Shoo-Bee-Doo, Dress you Up and Angel

I know I must have been familiar with the original version of Love Don't Live here Anymore. I grew up with a radio station in our back garden so that was definitely a late night radio song. For me in 1985 Madonna was and still is the perfect pop star and all her songs were pure wonderful pop. There were no ballads on her debut album so Love Don't Live Here Anymore was the first time I heard her sing one and of course Shoo-Bee-Doo which was more pop ballad. 

Love Don't Live Here Anymore was produced by Nile Rodgers who also played both electric and acoustic guitars and his great fellow producer and Chic band member Bernard Edwards played bass. The production mixed guitars, synthesizers, drums and strings and I think that's what created a great track on the album. Lyrically it is a wonderful song; the line 'Through the windmills of my eyes, everyone can see the loneliness inside of me' is just powerful. There is that lovely dizzying sound in Nile Rodger's production. I love how Madonna's vocal builds at the end and then almost breaks down. It was all brilliantly dramatic. I think it's obvious that it was a song that she liked herself when she recorded it. The story of how the song came to be on the album is here

Love Don't Live Here Anymore was released as a single in 1996 when she released her Something To Remember ballads album and was a remixed version with it's own video but the version that I love the most is her original version.

Song of the Day: Dark Black - Kristina Train

Kristina Train released her second album Dark Black on download last month and on CD this month. Her single Dream of Me was one of the best of the summer of this year. There are a couple of music artists who I think it is only a matter of time before they are very well known and she is one of them. There is a great interview and feature with her in the Independent newspaper here where she talks about her first album and personal losses in her life and how a call from Herbie Hancock lead to her guesting on his tour and how the new album came into being after that.  Kristina was born in New York City and grew up in Savannah in the Deep South of America before moving to London, England and as the feature notes all those influences can be heard in her voice and music.

Kristina plays the Bush Hall, London on Monday 12th November. Tickets can be purchased here through Ticketmaster UK. 

The title track of her album is my Song of the Day.