Friday, July 29, 2011

at it like rabbatts

It's just a small, footling and frankly petty and small-minded gripe, but it bothered me at the time, so in the spirit of full disclosure of unnecessary detail about irrelevant stuff on the internet (blogging, in other words) here it is.

Kirsty Young's guest on Desert Island Discs this morning was lawyer and businesswoman (and current chief executive of Millwall FC) Heather Rabbatts. I didn't hear much of it, but I did notice that her first choice of record was Corinne Bailey Rae's cover of the hoary old standard Que Sera Sera.

There was a lot of gushing about how innovative an arrangement it was, and how CBR had really put her personal stamp on it, that sort of thing. Now I have no personal animosity towards Corinne Bailey Rae - her music is nice enough in a dinner party background wallpaper music sort of way, and she's been through a lot lately - but her version (it's from her 2011 release The Love EP, a selection of covers), while markedly different from the cutesy Doris Day version, is pretty much a carbon copy of the legendary Sly and the Family Stone's version from way back in 1973. Do these people know nothing?

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