Having indulged myself the other day with the collection of “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” versions, I wanted to see if the one cover I’d first heard randomly this year via an instore performance at Amoeba was available, and it was. The Chapin Sisters (who are indeed part of the Tom/Harry Chapin family tree — and Wes Craven’s a part of it too!) have been building up a bit of attention over recent years and apparently are well known for their cover of “Toxic” but I admit, as with most everything to do with La Britney either directly or secondhand as well, that form of ‘serious musicians take current pop hit to show you how good it really is DO YOU SEE?’ move is dead to me at this point.
But when I saw them at Amoeba I had no preconceptions — it was the first I’d heard of them and I wasn’t there to see them, they just happened to be playing — and it was during their set that they started in on one song that made my jaw drop, and then really impressed me — a cover of the Smiths’ “I Know It’s Over,” with their harmonies in place of Morrissey’s solo keen a lovely twist.
The clip below isn’t from that particular show but it’s a comparable performance, delivered beautifully:
(And it was only in scrounging for the clip that I was reminded Jeff Buckley also covered this song…which is a pity because he defines the word ‘overrated death cult’ but that’s a story for another time…)