Back to the 80s pop world with today’s one-hit wonder: “I Melt With You,” by Modern English, released in 1982. This tune has had a pretty massive impact in pop culture – it shows up all over the place, from movies to Burger King ads, and it’s already been covered by parties significantly more notable than I. (We’re talking The Cure. We’re talking Bowling For Soup. We’re talking FRED DURST, people.) More than some 80s OHWs, I think “I Melt With You” has become an audio touchstones for that Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, John Hughes movie sort of feel. I was just a kid in 1982, and I certainly wasn’t listening to British New Wave, but somehow the tune can evoke all of that for me from the first few notes.
See what it does for you:
My version is, as always, solo acoustic with vocals. I’ve done all of these covers as one-take performances, with no overdubbing, edits or corrections. I do a little eq-ing and add some reverb and compression, and out it goes. I think this arrangement has some nice drive to it, and I might do a more fleshed-out recording at some point.
Video (with some melting stuff!):
(One more to go! I haven’t decided yet what song to do, and I’m going to record it tonight. I have a few ideas, but nothing’s stuck as a home run yet. I guess we’ll all see tomorrow.)