Not that Monday means anything to someone with an odd workweek anyway, but when it falls in the middle of a nice stretch of vacation time, the day really loses any and all negative associations with it! Well…. almost all of them, since it’s still the day I reveal yet another eclectic song from The Nest’s Top 30 Covers Songs of All Time countdown. DJ Scratchy and her fly sponkies are literally on pins and needles ready to fire up another track that sounded so much better the second time around…. at least to one person in this world that is….
#20. “Hooked On A Feeling” – Blue Swede
B.J. Thomas was a singer whose talents made him successful in many, many musical genres that most people don’t bother to listen to… but of course, we best know him for the few years raindrops weren’t a fallin’ on his head in the pop world. Thomas had a string of hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s that could often be heard on the AM radio that was shrouded by a thick band of funny smelling smoke. One of those was “Hooked on a Feeling,” which was a #5 hit on the pop charts and was one of the rare pop hits that totally rocked the sitar.
But have you ever said to yourself…… “You know, I like that song, but I bet it’d sound even better if it was backed by a bunch of tribal jungle chanting?” Björn Skifs thought the same thing, so he got his band Blue Swede to cover the BJ Thomas hit with more of a rock edge… as well as adding the sounds of deepest Africa. And it’s the only thing anyone even remembers the band for 40 years later.
Say it with me, now!!!
As totally awesome as the chanting is that the song begins with, and reprises following the intermezzo… the song’s just a ton better than the original all around. And as we all learned from Christopher Walken, everything sounds better with more cowbell…
It’s no surprise that Blue Swede topped BJ’s mark and took their version of the song all the way up to #1 in 1974. And given the dearth of cover songs in my countdown that debuted before I was born, they should be thrilled to have earned a spot in my Top 20! This song is the second best thing to appear on my blog that originated from Sweden…
Come back next week for the #19 entry in my cover song countdown that promises to be as nasty as it wants to be….