Happy Monday everyone! Summer is winding down like a roll of toilet paper in a truck stop john, and so is The Nest’s look at the greatest songs that sounded better the second time through the turntable. Welcome to the next post in my Top 30 Cover Songs of All Time countdown, and today we are finally into the Top Five!!! OMG, it’s really getting goose pimply exciting now, isn’t it? DJ Scratchy and the Sponks have got a nice, romantic number on tap for you’re tympanic pleasure this week… which would be perfect for anyone celebrating an anniversary today, like my Mom and Dad. Happy happy you two!
#5. “Kiss” – Tom Jones with The Art of Noise
You have to be either really special or a real diva to need go by just one
symbol name in this world, and Prince fits the bill on both counts. The Purple One was pretty damn big in the 80’s despite the fact that I was never all that delirious for him. Prince is also one of those really stuck up artists who thinks his material is too good to share with the unwashed masses who can’t afford to keep him covered up in little red Corvettes and raspberry berets. Because of that, you don’t get a YouTube link to his 1986 #1 hit “Kiss” because there isn’t one. That’s his loss, not yours, trust me…
Even Prince can’t stop his songs from being covered, so it was fair game for the oddball pairing of 60’s singing sensation Tom Jones and the 80’s most anonymous group, The Art of Noise, to team up on “Kiss” in 1988. And if this were the World Series of Love, these two strange bedfellows would have knocked one clear out of the ballpark with this kickass little cover!!!
Sorry Prince, but the artist formerly known as Thomas Woodward totally fucking schooled you on how to sound seductive while actually having a little fun at the same time. Your whiny little bitch version would make doves cry blood from their ears…
It’s not unusual to think of groupies flinging panties on stage when the name Tom Jones comes up… but besides being one pair of assless chaps away from a Chippendale dancer, he also happens to be one of the most versatile performers in the entire music industry. Far from just a purveyor of pop, Tom will do any genre, any time, and often do it better than those who do it for a living. Country? Yeah, he can unbutton a cowboy shirt. Gospel? There’s always time for confession after the show. Hip hop?
Fuck yeah Tom Jones can do hip hop.
As for the other half who helped make this song great, The Art of Noise was without doubt one of the strangest “bands” of the 80’s, which of course is really saying something. They were one of the first groups to make music almost exclusively from computers and sampling machines, rarely showing up on stage or coming out in the open for public appearances. Prior to “Kiss”, they were probably best known for the extremely wacky video “Close To The Edit” and their remake of the
Spy Hunter Peter Gunn theme where they borrowed the talent of another music legend from the past, Duane Eddy. They also fittingly sampled both of these earlier works during Kiss’ intermezzo…
Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s musical peck on the cheek. If you promise to act your age and not your shoe size, I’ll return with the fourth best cover of all time next Monday… which I promise will be far and away the most fucked up song in my entire countdown.