Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tears For Souvenirs

hopeless - Tears Are Not Enough
hopeless sent me this fun cover he did of the ABC classic. It was their debut single back in 1981, and is a horny JBs style funk pop tune with a side of gold lamé. I loved it the first time I heard it and rushed out to buy the 7", and so began a long love affair with Martin Fry and co. hopeless delivers a crunchy, shouty stomper, stripping it down to the bare bones - beats, bass and buzz. I didn't like it at first, but it has grown on me and now I get a kick out of it. I love it when somebody covers a tune in a unique way (hello Stereo Total!), and this fits the bill.

The accompanying bit of press release is also quite entertaining...

So I was flying first class as I usually do, and of all people Martin Fry sat down next to me. For those of you who don't know Martin Fry, he is the lead singer of ABC. At first I was not to pleased. Obviously he knows who I am and I really didn't want to be bothered at all. I missed my connecting flight back to Hawaii and was stuck at the airport's first class lounge for at least a half an hour. Grueling, I know.

I tried my best to cover my face but within the first five minutes of sitting down he recognized me. The last thing I need at this point is praise, I'm only human for crying out loud. Needless to say after we got to talking we both thought it would be a good idea for me to put a new spin of one of his songs. He told me that he felt I could put down the anger and torment that he was looking to capture in Tears Are Not Enough, and being a fan of the song myself, I said, "Yo Martin, no doubt. Let's do this shit son!".



Mbop Promotions said...

Check out the new Paul Roderick's People I.Q releases, some remix of the notoriously mysterious musician are due to August. This is going to be a big push this summer in Ibiza!

ryan said...

what a great write up... i must admit that it had to grow on me as well. i spent at least 2 months mixing the song unsatisfied with what i originally had. a far cry from where it started. truth be told i finally stripped it down and this was the final product. it took me another few weeks to even release it... i listened to it over and over and it finally made sense to me and thats that. martin was happy too, so...

thanks again, ill keep you posted in the future.
cheers mate!