Cover Story

Graphic showing the logo for the Flashback Track Friday prompt.

This is my response to this week’s Flashback Track Friday prompt, where NopeNotPam asks us whether we prefer originals or covers.


I think 90% of covers are a waste of time, and furthermore display a cynical intent just to cash in on something.

But there are one or two. I liked the remix that NopeNotPam chose this morning, for example. And in my favourite genre of West Indian music, reggae ska and rocksteady, covers are common. Bands like UB40 made an enormous name for themselves by basically releasing covers. But they did them well.

Here’s one originally by Dandy Livingstone, from 1967, the golden age of ska, covered during the UK ska revival, in 1979, by Coventry-based band The Specials. They add a stronger beat, plus rearranged the horns, and make the track… well… special!

Dandy Livingstone
The Specials

And,by the way, a great Friday track! Have a good weekend.

11 comments

  1. Oh, thank you so much. I’ve not heard this song for what seems like forever. What a perfect way to work oneself into the weekend. It’s hard to sit still when this is playing.

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  2. I saw UB40 (well one version of them anyway) and they were fantastic. I grew up with their music and often I didn’t know they were covers.

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