It's that time of year! The John Lewis advert introduces us to Buster the Dog who has bounced onto our screen celebrating all things animal, jumpy and of course - musical. Every year thousands wait with baited breath to find out what original song will be given a new twist and also, the John Lewis seal of approval. This years advert has risen to the challenge admirably with Vaults covering Randy Crawford's 1980 jazz hit One Day I'll Fly Away.
In honour of the one advert a year that's guaranteed to reduce us all into festive puddles, the THSH team are talking about some of the best cover versions that we know. Listen on for more!
HOUNDS OF LOVE - FUTUREHEAD (Original: Kate Bush)
Recorded in 2004 by postmodern English punk-sters, the track was a top ten hit that year. The original recording by Kate Bush was released on 24 February 1986 and made it to number 18. Kate herself is a fan of the song, with the Futureheads going on record saying that she called them to tell them how much she 'loved' their version.
SUPERSTITION - TROPE & YOUNG PILGRIMS (Original: Stevie Wonder)
Recorded live at the Spotted Dog in Birmingham, this cover teams up two of the hottest jazz acts in the UK for an unforgettable version of a classic. The original track was released in 1972 and was Wonders first number one single!
CREEP - POSTMODERN JUKEBOX (Original: Radiohead)
Radiohead released Creep as their debut single in 1992 to little fanfare - so much so in fact, that it was re-released the following year to a much better reception. Postmodern Jukebox rise to the challenge of this rock ballad admirably - known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage styles, the band have amassed over 500 million YouTube video views already!
INTERNATIONAL PLAYGIRL - MEXRISSEY (Original: Morrissey)
OK. Why has no one ever thought of putting together an amazing band that performs songs by Morrissey and The Smiths in Spanish with an original twist of mariachi, before now? It works SO well! The original The Last of the Famous International Playboys was the third single released by Morrissey and reached number 6 in the charts.
WHERE IS MY MIND - VITAMIN STRING QUARTET (Original:Pixies)
A fun, upbeat little cover from the VSQ. Originally released by The Pixies in 1988 this track has notably been used in many films including Fight Club.
HURT - JOHNNY CASH (Original: Nine Inch Nails)
Possibly one of the most haunting cover versions we know, the Man in Black recorded this in 2002, shortly before his death. The original song was released in 1995 and was Grammy nominated but lost out to Alanis Morrisette. However in 2011 the accompanying video for Cash's version of the song was named video of the year by the Awards - finally making it a Grammy winner.
RESPECT - ARETHA FRANKLIN (Original: Otis Redding)
Oh yes, you might have strutted your stuff to Aretha's powerful vocals many times but did you know that it's actually a cover? Written and released by Otis Redding in 1965 it became a hit with Aretha in 1967. The two tracks are pretty different, with Redding's version being a plea from a desperate man, whilst Franklin's version is a strong, confident feminist anthem. Franklin's version also added the infamous "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" chorus and the backup singers' refrain of "Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me..."
Wow - that's a whole load of fab covers right there! Want more? We're compiling them into a YouTube playlist so we can cover all the ones we missed - which you can listen to by clicking here. Have you got a suggestion for a track? Drop us a line on Twitter or Facebook and we might even add it on! You can check out our inspiration for this blog, the John Lewis ad, by clicking here.
With thanks to the teams in Programming, Jazzlines, Finance, HR, Marketing, PR, Box Office, Front of House and Operations for their top notch suggestions!