Sunday, 19 July 2009

Candy Flip 'Strawberry Fields Forever'

Chart Peak: 3


And speaking of cover versions...

You can see what they were trying to do, recasting John Lennon's famously LSD-inspired original for the E generation (I obviously didn't know this at the time, but the group name refers to practice of taking the two drugs together). Unfortunately, quite apart from the obvious risks of covering something that was so outstanding in its original form, they seem to fall between two stools here, neither replicating the texture of the original nor coming up with many of their own ideas (the Funky Drummer sample doesn't count), so the final effect is more like a karaoke backing track with some really weak vocals that make Ali Campbell sound good. The one part I do remember from the time is that backwards horn sample that appears later in the track. I don't blame them for trying it, but it doesn't really work.

Available on: A Tribute to the Beatles

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