There are many cover versions out there in the world of music, but it is quite rare to find cover versions that turn the context of the song from love to hate. Here are two examples of covers songs that do change the context from love to hate.
There are many cover songs out there in the world of music. It is not unusual for the sex of the subject to change when covered. For example, take the Phil Spector penned song, To Know Him Is To Love Him, originally a hit for The Teddy Bears, but when the Beatles recorded their cover version of it, naturally enough, they changed it to To Know Her Is To Love Her. It makes sense though to have a female singing it about a man and vice versa!
Changing the sex of the subject of a song happens quite frequently. What happens even less frequently than that is a cover version that changes the subject of the song from love to hate!
Morris Albert – Feelings
In 1975 Brazilian singer Morris Albert had a worldwide hit with this love song. It reached a peak of number 6 in the US charts and number 4 in the UK charts. It has been covered by many different bands and artists including Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Englebert Humperdink – each of them singing about love.
Fast forward to the Winter of 1998 and US rock band the Offspring released their 5th studio album Americana. Track number 6 on the album was their own padrody version of the Morris Albert hit Feelings. The Offspring changed the context of the song from love to hate.
Offspring – Feelings
It might be quite a simple trick to change the context of the lyrics from love to hate but it does work. It got me thinking of any other songs that have been covered that have changed the context of the lyrics from love to hate.
Small Faces – Whatcha Gonna Do About It?
This was the debut chart hit from the Small Faces and it reached a peak of number 14 in the UK charts in September 1965. Lyrically it is clear that it is a love song whereby the singer is declaring his love for a beau. Fast forward to early 1979 when the Sex Pistols recorded their version of it!
Sex Pistols – Whatcha Gonna Do About It?
Released on the Sex Pistols album The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, which had many cover versions on it, the Sex Pistols took the old Small Faces song and twisted it round from a love song to a song about hate. Again, quite simple but it does work.
That’s just a couple of examples of cover versions that have changed the context of the song from love to hate. I wonder, dear reader, if you know of any others like that?
P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 10th of March 2012 and can be found by clicking HERE.