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Leave our R'n'B classics alone...

Published by Warren Dell under on Monday, August 20, 2007

If there is one thing I hate with a passion, then it is the dreaded cover version. It’s all well tackling your favourite song or that rare B-side of one of your much loved artists but when it comes to actually releasing a cover you better come correct.

Bringing something new to a song like Mark Ronson recently did with his Version album can go horribly wrong (especially if you’re a psychotic Smiths fan) or add a nice twist to the original. Thankfully the album did the latter but a couple of songs doing the rounds this year have pushed it too far. Not surprisingly they both come from the same camp.

Booty Luv is fronted by two ex-Big Brovaz members and in their second single Shine has shown that they can craft a great track. This isn’t to knock their talent as I’m hearing the other original workings on their forthcoming album sound promising. But by covering two classic R’n’B tracks in Tweets ‘Boogie 2nite’ and Lucy Pearls ‘Don’t Mess With My Man’ they have failed.

The two tracks at best work as a half decent remix that would luckily make the final cut when the single goes to packaging but due to Radio 1 and their inability to spot what’s hot (they barely played Kate Nash ‘Foundations’ until it’s 4th week in the top 3) bars full of Gary Lagers and Beyonce-Mercedes are rejoicing to a track that’s a substandard take on the originals.

It may make me sound like a music snob but it proves how fickle and clueless radio big wigs and some music buyers are when both Lucy Pearl and Tweet deserved their tracks to be hits and I have to have the pleasure of seeing these bad reworkings dominate the music video channels.


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