Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cover tune catastrophe: Eye of the Tiger

Time for a new feature here on BMF! In this ongoing series, I will uncover some of the WORST cover tunes ever recorded. We’ve all encountered that unsettling feeling upon hearing a beloved song redone by another artist. What were they thinking? How dare they try to redo this song! While we are powerless to prevent these clowns from trashing the originals, we can call them out on it. There are loads of lousy cover tunes out there, so let's get started.

Paul Anka – “Eye of the Tiger” (Survivor)

And in this corner…we have what has got to be a joke. Back in his prime, Paul Anka could do no wrong, but oh how things have changed. He is still doing things ‘his way’, but someone needs to tell him to stop. His 2005 album, “Rock Swings”, consists of - you guessed it - swing versions of pop and rock songs. The album should have been subtitled “Rock Swings (and misses)”. There are so many dreadful covers to pick from on this record, but I’m going with the swing version of Survivor’s 1982 classic “Eye Of The Tiger” to top our list. Mostly because he actually purrs at the end!

So what do you think is one of the worst cover tunes? Leave a comment and tell us - if it is bad enough, we might just write it up!

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