I have a thing for cover songs. Something I’m certain I’ll elaborate on at a later date, but hearing a new take on an old favourite (or even a song I didn’t like the first time around) is something that always brings a smile to my face.
Today’s FFF is courtesy of the Deftones. Their cover of Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” was one I had never heard before it was sent to me. I mean, one of the first songs I learned to play on the trumpet was “Elanor Rigby” (save the Band Camp jokes, please), so I have a predisposition to appreciate the original recording artist. A story for another day, of course, but I don’t think you can love music and not appreciate the sheer impact Lennon et al had on pop culture. While I appreciate many of Lennon’s songs (and even the Beatles), they were never my true favourites. I have to admit, however, this cover? I prefer it over the original. And because I hold a special appreciation for great covers, this song was a perfect recommendation. Funny how people with the same name always tend to make good recommendations on Fridays.
That “Jealous Guy” is one of the most commonly covered songs, it would take something pretty special for this one to stand out. It did. Side note – did you know there have been at least 92 recorded covers of this song? Unreal.
So, today’s rec combines two of my favourite components – a reintroduction to an artist that has been off my musical radar (Deftones) and a cover song. A great way to bounce toward a long weekend.