Original vs. Cover: “Love Is All Around” – Sonny Curtis vs. Hüsker Dü

The other day, in a fit of nostalgia, I retrieved an old box of tapes that had taken up permanent residence in the back of my closet. So, who wants to play with me — Original vs. Cover?

SONG: Love Is All Around
ORIGINAL: Sonny Curtis (1980)
COVER: Hüsker Dü (1985)

THE ORIGINAL

It was written and performed by Sonny Curtis, and it is a perfect example of late ‘1970s steeze, because despite being a TV show theme song, it’s an easy fit for a AOR station, in between “Lonesome Loser” and “The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald.”

The people I call “The Kids Of Today” would call this “Yacht Rock.” It’s got horns, a bongo, and a groovy guitar, with bippy-boppy lyrics that were easy to remember because of that chorus. “You’re gonna make it after all…”

It was a perfect fit for the show, because of her spunk! Mr. Grant hated spunk.

THE COVER

It’s all guitars and drums with a little tambourine that follows the arrangement to the letter. But it sounds super muddy and cloudy, like it was recorded under water, which I absolutely hate.

Were they really drunk when they recorded this? You can barely hear the vocal. It’s super frustrating. Why did they bother?

WHO DOES IT BETTER?

While this was a clever choice for the once-hardcore, then-alternative Hüsker Dü, they totally dropped the ball here because there’s not enough SPUNK, and the recording sucks!

It’s Sonny Curtis for the win, and you know why!

NOW YOU DECIDE!

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Crystal is today's black Renaissance woman. She lives in Harlem, is always up for a new experience, is a magnet for all kinds of crazy, and smells like fresh flowers.

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