Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sway the right way

Although I am a follower of popular music, sometimes I am not on the ball. This is probably because I listen to top 40 radio stations that claim to be "family-friendly" (they tend to not play the same songs 50 times a day). As a result, I often miss hearing hit singles that everyone else knows about.

As you might have guessed, the stations I listen to do not play songs by the musical group The Pussycat Dolls, so imagine my surprise when I learned today that the group covered the song "Sway" for a film back in 2004. The song was originally made popular by Dean Martin back in 1954.

This bit of information on its own is not upsetting to me. Artists record covers, it happens, especially with classic standard songs such as "Sway." What upsets me is the fact that today I discovered that apparently several newlyweds are using the Pussycat Dolls version as their first dance song.

Seriously? The Pussycat Dolls version? Okay, I know that not everyone is a fan of Dean Martin and might want a more modern sound for their first dance. And one could argue that the PCD version isn't SO different. The melody has not been compromised at all, but it still upsets me. What this says to me is that the couple wasn't aware of the song before the PCD recorded it. And that breaks my heart.

I still prefer Dean's version (or Michael Bublé's or Peter Cincotti's). But listen to the tracks below and decide for yourself.


  1. I just don't think she can sing. It almsot sounds like she's just talking loudly. What's with the squeaks and the sex breaths?

  2. Perhaps ignorance isn't bliss after all...I also find it quite upsetting that the original versions are often not cited in cover-song scenarios.

    Perhaps a post on the best and worst covers would be of delight to you? i'll get on that...