THE ORIGINAL: The Weather Girls (1982)
I don’t/shouldn’t have to explain anything about this song to you, because unless you were just born, you’ve heard it. It’s an amazing disco classic you’ve heard at every bachelorette party, dance party, gay dance club, disco party, etc., that was co-written by David Letterman’s longtime band leader, Paul Shaffer, and another guy named Paul you’ve never heard of.
I’m very happy for the women who wound up singing this song – Martha Wash and Izora Armstead (aka Two Tons Of Fun) and got a huge hit and lots of well deserved exposure — Martha would go on singing other big hits uncredited. Can you believe that Cher, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, and Donna Summer all passed on this song? I’ll forever be gobsmacked by that.
Anyway, if you were born yesterday, check out this video now, despite probably having heard it en utero.
THE COVER #1: Geri Halliwell (2001)
Geri’s cover, as expected, lazily cops the original arrangement. The only difference here is that all of the music was created by synthesizers, which makes this cold and lame.
She does all of the lead vocals, and they possibly multi-tracked her for all of the background vocals too. They sometimes sound slightly different, the same way that Nicole Scherzinger did all of the vocals on the Pussycat Dolls songs, no joke.
They lack the “church/sanctified” feel that Martha and Izora gave the original. This sounds like The Pet Shop Boys on speed. Hells bells, even the video is a horrific ripoff of the movie Flashdance. Insert eye roll emoji here.
THE COVER #2: Tragedy (2013)
And then there’s Tragedy, the all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond. Never heard of them? You need to go to their website right now and check out all of their work, because this cover is a fine example of how they take disco hits of all kinds (Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, etc.) rework them with heavy metal arrangements, and totally decimate you with their brilliance!
For this cover, they add bits of the song “Raining Blood” by Slayer and create a fabulous and hard rocking version that will knock you out. If you ever get to see these guys live, you will love them. And no, I’m not just saying that because I’m in this video – it really is great.
WHO DOES IT BETTER?
The former Ginger Spice did a shitty job with her cover, so Tragedy wins this very easily.
And no, I didn’t choose them because I’m in that video – if you listen to both covers, you’ll agree with me.
NOW YOU DECIDE!