Good Cover Version: Aidan Moffat does Wham!

Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Whenever I think of Arab Strap, I think of Aidan Moffat's thick Glaswegian brogue delivering downhearted, downtrodden, woe is everything so let's just go get fucked up lyrics. Moffat's voice definitely set Arab Strap apart, in the best way, and I was a big fan of that duo. Naturally, then, as soon as I chanced upon a cover, by Moffat, of that aforementioned guilty pleasure song of mine, "Last Christmas," well...I couldn't not bring it to your attention. 

Basically, Moffat has slightly adapted the song's original backing music, but with his voice the song takes on a whole different direction. Pure whingecore (his term, not mine) bliss.  

[posted 12.26.15]


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