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Charley says COVER! Hooverphonic / Ellektra – Identical Twin

November 26, 2010

Hooverphonic managed to do the unthinkable. They found a worthy replacement for Geike Arnaert!

New singer Noémie Wolfs immediately made an impact as the superb new single ‘The Night Before‘ shot into the top 3 in no time.

An album with the same name was released today and I’m sure it’s set to top the charts.

Now what surprised me when checking out the album samples on 7Digital, is that one of the tracks is a cover!

Yes, they previously released their own take on classics like ‘This Strange Effect‘, but this new track was only just released earlier this year! By Soapstar Superstar alum Eline De Munck no less!

Hooverphonic – Identical Twin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oF2pH0rZjk

Identical Twin‘ was first released last February on ‘More Is More‘, the debut album of Eline’s musical alter ego Ellektra. An album that spawned the best first three singles run of any Belgian pop artist this year, if I might add.

But why would Hooverphonic cover an Ellektra album track? The answer’s in the writing credits. Hooverphonic mastermind Alex Callier penned the song himself! With the help of none other than Cathy Dennis!

Now that we have that cleared up, the question remains… Which of these twin songs do you like best?

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Charley says COVER! I’m In Love

June 29, 2010

When listening to 2009 Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak’s new album ‘No Boundaries’ you might stumble upon a song that sounds familiar.

Most of you may know ‘I’m In Love’ as a Fabrizio Faniello track. The Maltese 2001 Eurovision entry had a bit of an international hit with the song  in 2004.

However, the original and my personal favourite version was done by John The Whistler all the way back in 2000. The man behind this project was Umberto Carli. He was born in Africa and apparently moved to Belgium at one point. An album called ‘It’s Crazy’ was released, but ‘I’m In Love’ seems to be his only big hit. The most recent thing I could find on him was a participation at Cyprus’ 2006 national Eurovision final.

Alexander Rybak’s version strangely leaves out the whistling, replacing it with some female backing vocals. I’m not particularly fond of his version, although that could also be because I’m still trying to figure out whether I think his ‘Oah‘ video is unnervingly incredible or just incredibly unnerving.

Charley says COVER! I Really Don’t Think So

February 26, 2010

My last post on Starmaker got me YouTube’ing some videos of the winning band K-otic. I’ll admit it, I get way too excited when people cover ‘obscure’ pop songs, so I was thrilled to find that the video for K-Otic’s hit ‘I Really Don’t Think So’ linked me to ‘Quién Dice’. It turns out former Mecano lead singer Ana Torroja got her hands on the song in 2003 and turned it into an understated cool little Spanish tune. Some further investigation also brought up a version by Scene 23, the winners of Popstars 2 in the US. Their version keeps all the 2001-ness of the original with an extra bit of added American Popstars cheese.

However you turn it and whichever version you like best, there’s no denying that the “Why does everything have to be a love thing, think of all the sorrow that love brings, is it where you really wanna go, no, I really don’t think so” is one hell of a catchy chorus.

Check out all three versions and pick a favourite, after the jump!

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