Good Cover Version: Nick Waterhouse does Sade

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.

Somehow, "Smooth Operator" is 32 years old. To celebrate that, Nick Waterhouse covered Sade's classic piece of smoothness, adding a throwback jazz club daddy-o style. With his inner Chet Baker coming through, Waterhouse takes Sade's 80s gem and takes it even further back. And in my humble opinion, it works very well indeed.  

[posted 9.18.16]


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