Friday, December 09, 2005


After carefully considering both versions, I have to say that I like the Stars' cover version of This Charming Man better than the original. It's slower and sexier and the song works that way. Yes The Smiths are excellent, and no one can take away what they've done. I would go so far as to say that anything good coming out of music today owes something to at least one of The Smiths, The Clash, Joy Division, or The Velvet Underground. Besides, there's no shame in being superseded by a cover version. It happens with Leonard Cohen damn near every time. (How many superb covers of Hallelujah are there?)