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What Beck Did to Michael Hutchence - INXS

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Legbamel Not-Pop

I find music news in the strangest places. Wired Magazine alerted me to the fact that Beck, with members of Os Mutantes and Liars, remade the INXS album "Kick" last year. And you know what that means: I ran straight to Grooveshark and listened to both.

Most of the songs were mutated but recognizable. A few, however, managed to keep the flavor of the INXS original while still doing something interesting with it. And so I present to you all the snarky Guns in the Sky and the slinky Need You Tonight as presented both by INXS and by Beck & Friends. Now I quite liked what they did with the former but, for me, the female vocals on the latter don't work. That may be because of a lingering, heroin-hero crush from the 80s. I just think the song was far sexier in the original. The new version might work pretty well in a slinky club scene for a movie, though. It's definitely more modern that the 1987 version.

So, what say you, darlings? Do you like the new takes on the old greats or do you prefer the original 80s wonders?

2 Responses so far.

  1. I hadn't heard about this, the cover of "need you tonight" is great but like you I think the original is much better. Although the lesbian overtones of the cover strangely appeal to me, which is strange because I'm not an offical lesbian!

  2. legbamel says:

    Nor am I but I understand what you're saying. That scares me a little. :D

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