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Monday, November 21, 2005

Lex Was Right

I finally heard the original of "Don't Cha" in a rubbish bar off Leicester Square. And Lex Pretend was right, it's a completely different song from the abominable Pussycat Dolls cover.

How can the meaning of a song be so completely and utterly changed - even perverted to its complete opposite - without changing a single word?

The Tori Alamaze version is beautiful, amazing, filled with unrequited love and lust and longing. It sounds like a woman on the outside, wrestling with her conscience, tormented by her feelings.

While the Pussycat Dolls just sounds like a gang of frightening pneumatic plastic uber-barbie-dolls from the Village of the Damned, crowing about their physical and sexual prowess and superiority.

Tori Alamaze is a pleading and soulful Dolly Parton, while the PCD are robot Jolenes, who would take your man, just because they can. Sorry, Lex, I will never doubt you again.

(Production's better on Tori's version, too.)


At 5:20 PM GMT, Blogger acb said...

I haven't heard this song, but it sounds like the Katie M'lua cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven". She and her production team took a song that was exploding with fleeting joy and/or the bittersweetness of its memory, and turned it into sterile sonic wallpaper for shop window displays.

At 5:35 PM GMT, Blogger Masonic Boom said...

The Dinosaur Jr version is freakin' ace, tho!

At 7:27 PM GMT, Blogger Lex said...


also, tori alamaze sounds like she knows she's sexy and therefore doesn't have to try while the pussycat dolls are trying far far far too hard.


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