### Grant McDermott

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Economics
University of Oregon

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# Cover Thursdays - Plumpish and awesome edition

My mate Nic used to run a regular segment over at his blog called "Cover Thursdays". He's since put his musings on the back burner a bit, but I really like what he was trying to do with that... And so, in trying to keep the spirit alive, here are two covers that deserve your listening pleasure:

1) Radiohead's The Reckoner by Gnarls Barkley

Now, I know that Radiohead fans[*] can be a sensitive bunch, but anyone who tells me that Ce Lo Green wasn't borne to sing this song is a filthy liar. I haven't been this aroused by an overweight black man since Solomon Burke was in his prime.

And $$-$$ in what may be the most un-PC segue of all time $$-$$ since we're on the subject of "large-ish" singers that have got it where it counts, I hand you over to Beth Ditto and co. ...

2) Wham!'s Careless Whisper by The Gossip

So much better than the original, I honestly don't even know where to start. I wish more bands understood this remarkably simple concept; that a good cover isn't just inserting a new vocalist to exactly the same music. I'd hit the karaoke bars if that's what I wanted, thank you very much.

[*] I take it most people have seen the reaction to The King of Limbs? I've only listened to a few times and, look, it's certainly no In Rainbows (which was also by far the best thing they've done for over a decade IMHO). So, yes, disappointing after all the hype, but I've still got time for a few tracks. E.g. For all the controversy that surrounded the music video $$-$$ I mean, it's Radiohead... What did you expect, a love story? $$-$$ I think Lotus Flower is a great tune.