Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cool cover song of the week...

What would 80s music have been without Hall & Oates? I can't even imagine. So many of their songs remind me of a specific place or time, and I honestly just loved Daryl Hall's vocal range. One of their hits was even on my first K-TEL compilation album (please don't tell me if you don't remember what those were).

I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) was the duo's second hit single off Private Eyes, and the fourth number-one song of their career. It held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks in late 1981/early 1982. VH1 ranked the song #6 on its list of the top 100 songs of the 80s, and according to BMI, this is one of 14 Hall & Oates songs that have been played on the radio over one million times.

Indie pop duo The Bird and The Bee released Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates in 2010. While there are a number of great Hall & Oates covers on the album, this one combines a little of the song's soul with a different, slightly twee twist that is the hallmark of The Bird and The Bee's vocals.

Here's their version:

Here's a version by Brian McKnight:

And here's the original. There's no touching this.

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

Winner Takes it All by McFly

What a Wonderful World by Joey Ramone

Careless Whisper by Seether

I Walk the Line by Live

Dear Prudence by Siouxsie and The Banshees

Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm

Who Wants to Live Forever by Breaking Benjamin

Redemption Song by Chris Cornell and Audioslave

Love Me Tender by Chris Isaak and Brandi Carlile

All You Need is Love by The Flaming Lips

Lovesong by Adele

I Love It by Robin Thicke

Billie Jean by The Civil Wars

Across the Universe by The Scorpions

Can't Hold Us by Pentatonix

Wicked Game by James Vincent McMorrow

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) by The Postal Service

Jolene by The White Stripes

Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) by Justin Timberlake

More Than This by Norah Jones

Royals by Mayer Hawthorne

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