Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cool cover song of the week...

I listened to ABBA a bit when I was growing up, in particular the Super Trouper album, which I remember (believe it or not) my grandmother playing constantly in her car. But it wasn't until ABBA songs featured so prominently in Muriel's Wedding—particularly Waterloo (probably my favorite)—that I became fairly obsessed with their music.

Fast forward to the early 2000s, and I saw a regional production of Mamma Mia! in Philadelphia. That was all I needed to feed my ABBA obsession, and although the movie version featured some fairly questionable singing performances (cough, Pierce Brosnan, cough), Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried were well worth the price of admission.

I'm also a fan of the British pop/rock band McFly, and while I like a lot of their original music, I stumbled over their cover of Winner Takes It All a year or so ago. It was the second song on their 2008 single Lies, and while they're no ABBA, I think they do the song more than justice.

Here's McFly's version:

Here's the original, for nostalgia's sake:

Here's Meryl Streep's version from the movie version of Mamma Mia (I promise no Pierce Brosnan singing):

Check out my previous Cool Cover Songs of the Week:

Borderline by The Counting Crows

How Deep Is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee

Life in a Northern Town by Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen

I Don't Want to Talk About It by The Indigo Girls

Only You by Joshua Radin

Pure Imagination by Maroon 5

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Blake Stratton

What a Fool Believes by Neri Per Caso

Poker Face by Daughtry

Back to Black by Ronnie Spector

I Will Survive by Cake

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by The Stereophonics

Rolling in the Deep by John Legend

Go Your Own Way by Lissie

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