Some superstar artists and bands loom so large that covers are inevitable. But when a song is already known and loved by so many, the one doing the covering needs to offer a new perspective, a unique sound, or something just plain different to their take.
In last week’s post about The Sundays, I didn’t mention that the English band’s second CD, Blind, closes with a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.” If you’re not already familiar it, the mix of the song is just absolutely stunning.
The first half of the track is wonderfully intimate, with singer Harriet Wheeler practically whispering in your ear. As the song builds and backing parts are added, the whole thing seems to move further away, until it seems as though The Sundays are performing from the wilderness itself. Hear here:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans should be familiar with The Sundays’ version of “Wild Horses.” The song (also included on the original Buffy movie soundtrack) plays at the end of Season 3′s “The Prom.” Angel surprises Buffy in a tux (the couple had broken up earlier in the episode) and two share a bittersweet last dance to the song.