August 14th, 2013


Enjoy the Silence

A while ago I contemplated the worst covers of all time (holy crap that was almost 5 years ago) ... and recently I thought I had a contender for the number two slot. (I think the number one slot is unchallengeable.)


My ex good friend Gareth informed me yesterday that SuBo had covered Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" - one of my favourite songs. I am a bit of a masochist when it comes to covers of my favourite songs (I bought an album to listen to Erasure's cover of Solsbury Hill and other atrocities - oh yes they did!) so I searched for SuBo's cover on youtube. I was not blown away - it's too slow and there's no guts to it. It's not terrible, but it's not good either. Maybe not the second worst cover of all time, but it's definitely in the top 50, maybe in the top 10.


I sent a scathing email off to my ex good friend for marring my world and was reminded that I own an album (CD) full of Depeche Mode covers and that has a cover of Enjoy the Silence on it too, so I fired up google again and found it on youtube too. I wasn't particularly blown away by that track either - although there were amazing covers on that CD; like Waiting for the night by Rabbit in the Moon (at 1:56 that gets amazing - especially if the volume is at 11) and Stripped by Rammstein (which is amazing from the get go!) and Somebody by Veruca Salt (which makes me well up just thinking about it).


As I was googling these covers I noticed that there were a *lot* of covers of Depeche Mode songs out there... and there was a site called The (Al)most complete Depeche Mode Cover Versions which has catalogued them all.


All of this led me to finding this cover of Enjoy the Silence by Hybrid which took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions a bit like this:


The start is promising. It's not too different, but about 30 seconds in it has a dirty sawtooth wave sound to it that I really like. It has character. When the singing starts it's not too bad. His voice isn't a patch on Dave Gahan's, but then again whose is? Then there's a lass singing. I'll admit to being a bit disappointed at this point and I almost wrote it off as another dodgy cover and this entry would not have seen the light of day.


Then it happened. About 3:32 in, there's a bridge which is a slow build up into the aural-gasm that happens at about 4:03 which sent goosebumps up and down my spine.


Listening back (it's been on repeat for the last hour) I am beginning to like the lass singing (familiarity is a funny thing).


In other news - have we literally broken the English language? My head literally assploded reading the comments.

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