We’ve moved forward in time about a decade and a half from the last tune, to the Cardigans’ 1996 hit “Lovefool.” I think this song sounds less dated than other one-hit wonders I’ve been working with, and part of that may be because it has a more complex harmonic structure than most pop songs. (On the other hand, I looked at Kajagoogoo’s “Too Shy,” and that song has some wacky chords in it but couldn’t sound more of its time if it wore legwarmers and a Walkman everywhere it went. So what do I know?) Here’s the original:
With this version, I just put it into sort of a bossa feel for the verse, and went more rock for the chorus. This is one where the solo vocal thing bugged me a bit, because I would have loved to have had some harmonies on the chorus. Maybe when I do my one-hit wonder tour and hire a fourteen-piece band.
Here’s the MP3:
And the video, mixed with a Navy educational clip on the dangers of Ecstasy. Why? Er, why not?
Three more to go, and I haven’t recorded a single one yet. If possible, I want to get another one in the can today, then two more tomorrow and be done with it – we’ll see how that goes. Ambition!
(“Lovefool” was suggested by Magnus Aspli on my Twitter. You can also suggest tunes on my Facebook, or in the comments here. Any suggestion I pick gets a free signed copy of Second Set #1. See you tomorrow!)