Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Cover Version - Erlend Øye does "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"

such a heavenly way to die ...

Little things I should have said and done ... indeed!

A great moment here from erstwhile King Of Convenience, Erlend's fascinating DJ Kicks collection from some moons back.

Here he transposes the seminal “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” over a New Order-esque instrumental remix of Röyksopp’s “Poor Leno” (on the original of which, Erlend provided vocals, of course) by Silikon Soul.

"There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" is an enduringly great song from the Smiths sublime  swansong "The Queen Is Dead", where Morissey's awesome anguished lyrics of desperate, nigh-suicidal. manic longing magically mesh with Marr's mellifluous melodies.

And here, that beautiful beast meets subdued electronica head-on.

Although the original is the most fragile of songs, the result here is gorgeous.

I'm not too happy however, about the removal of the lines "to die by your side, well the pleasure, the privilege is mine" - lines that gave the original an even greater essence of Englishness!

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