So I just wanted to fill you all in on what this particular post is all about because there is no longer going to be a cover of the week post (at least not like how it used to be). The way we are doing this now is that not only are we looking at the cover version of the song, but we are also looking at the original version and we are comparing the two. I will give my opinion and then I’ll leave it up to you to decided which is better? The original version of the song or the cover version? The first one that we are doing for this week is in honor of late Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns who passed away recently from cardiac arrest. Here we are pinning Dead Or Alive’s version of You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) against the 2000 cover by Nu Metal band Dope.
Dead Or Alive: Dead Or Alive was a British New Wave Pop group that needed that big hit to get them over with the crowd. Their prayers were answered when the band released their sophomore album Youthquake which featured the singles In Too Deep, Lover Come Back To Me, and the featured track You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). When the track was released, it was an instant hit as it reached number one in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, and it went number 11 in the US (US Billboard Hot 100). The sound of the track was very unique to it’s time and place because it was one of the hottest dance club hits. I have to say that I loved Pete Burns vocals on the track which are deep goth style vocals which was popular in those times especially with UK Post Punk. You’ll notice that it’s keyboard heavy because there’s no guitars on the track.
Dope– Dope was a Nu-Metal band that was rising in status when they decided to take a shot at the track as they originally covered the song for the American Psycho Soundtrack. Just like the track had done for Dead Or Alive, it catapulted Dope in stardom at the time as the track rose and peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks that year. The band would later release the track onto a special re-release of their debut album Felons and Revolutionaries. What Dope did for the track is they added some heavy guitars and they industrialized the keyboard beats to give it a heavier sound as well. Edsel Dope also delivers some heavy low growling vocals to the track as well. It’s actually one of my favorite covers of all time.
Now it’s time for all of you to buckle down and vote as to who wins this round of Originals Vs The Covers. You have until next week’s Original vs The Covers to decide the winner.