It’s not lost on me that I seem to like cover versions of classic songs, and this is no different. The Simon and Garfunkel version is brilliant, and very of its time, whereas this version by The Lemonheads (what a great band name by the way) is marginally better I think.
The difference – as if you’ve not guessed – is the bassline. It’s got a really nice hook which was played on guitar on the original but just sounds great here. I’m guessing that it’s played with a pick (plectrum) rather than with fingers.
Watching the video triggered a couple of thoughts:
- At one point, Dustin Hoffman is wearing shades and driving a red convertible. Is it just me, or was it a combo that Tom Cruise was seen in during Rainman, which also starred … Dustin Hoffman?
- Towards the end, in the church scene, I could almost hear Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) shouting “Cassandra” – guess I’ve watched Wayne’s World 2 too often, as this song was on the soundtrack.
I’ve wanted to play this in a band for a long time, and hopefully one day I’ll get my wish…
Lemonheads – Mrs Robinson
It’s rare to come across new music or new genres, and it’s pretty common to find people doing all sorts of covers. I wonder if your choice of versions is dependent on which version you hear first?
For example, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and Marc Bolan’s Telegram Sam are both cracking tunes, but I prefer the versions Bauhaus did – I heard theirs first. Much as I like The Bangles’ Hazy Shade of Winter and The Lemonheads’ version of Mrs Robinson, I don’t think either hold a candle to Simon and Garfunkel’s originals. Likewise, Dr & The Medics’ version of Spirit in the Sky was good but not quite up there with Norman Greenbaum’s original.
I think I’ve convinced myself: my favourite versions seem to always be the ones I hear first, whether they are the originals or not. What about you?
Just as a side note (pardon the pun), I’ve talked in the past about how music can affect your mood and thought I’d share this item from a fellow blogger: Music Makes Me Happy. I do like the version of the song played, but probably prefer the original!