Thursday, August 6, 2015

Oops!...I Did It Again

Now this...this is a cover. It's faithful to the original material in pretty much every way, retaining the original chord progression, the melody, the lyrics. Yet Richard Thompson indelibly stamps his own personality on it—his is so strong, I can't imagine he'd be able to not, even if he were to try—and in doing so makes crystal clear that which could sometimes be hidden by the videogenic Lolita imagery of the original: it's one hell of a great pop song.

Listen to how the audience laughs when they first realize what he's playing—this, of all songs, during a concert devoted to, as the night was titled, 1000 Years of Popular Music, and indeed some of the songs were nearly that old—and yet by the end they're singing along flawlessly...and joyfully.

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