Today, Depeche Mode:
So, I watched American Psycho, and it got me thinking about 80’s music, for obvious reasons, but this, in turn, got me thinking about the 80’s aesthetic of music in general, and cover songs in specific (which means, yes, we’re going to be talking about this for the next few days or so).
I’m a big fan of New Wave music, which shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone who’s known me for any period of time, so when someone borrows that aesthetic while attempting to make something new, I’m generally all for it. However, while I love it when bands attempt to ape New Wave style, I tend to be… less charitable to bands to outright attempt to cover songs from the New Wave genre, because 90% of covers you hear from this concept fall into one of two distinct categories:
1.) Bullshit, or
2.) Exact covers,
and of those two categories, “Enjoy the Silence” far and away has entries in both categories.
I don’t have a lot to say about the original song proper; you’ve probably heard it, it’s very good, and if you don’t like it I don’t know what to tell you because I think it’s awesome. However, I want to use it to discuss the greater failings of cover songs as a thing that exist in music, so today I want to start with the original, so that we’re all on the same page going forward.
So, y’know. Enjoy “Enjoy the Silence,” I guess.