February 19, 2012 1:32 PM

It was 1978. I was 13. And I bought my first album, The Motors, because I loved this song more than life itself.

And I still do, basically. The Motors were pretty much the opposite of a cool band, but in retrospect it's got everything I love about powerpop - odd little chord sequence, super singalong chorus, tinge of melancholy, sappy backing vocals, even a synth line.

Reached #4 on the UK Charts, rather wonderfully. A long forgotten age when ugly blokes could have hits too.

Sadly the album was mostly rote pub-rock ("MAMA ROCK'N'ROLLA AIN'T GONNA MAKE IT!") but this song will never get old for me.

For the challenge, obvs. I did the cover almost note for note, because I came to the view that there is nothing about the song that could be improved (except louder guitars).

posted by unSane (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

nice one, I didn't know the original.
posted by dubold at 4:30 PM on February 19, 2012

I had forgotten about this song but instantly remembered every note of it as soon as the synth line started. That synth line and variations on it sure was a new wave staple for so many songs.
Anyway, this is a really well-done cover. Very faithful, as you say. It's like that thing when you go see a band and you're all impressed because when they play their hit it sounds exactly like it does on the record.
posted by chococat at 6:20 AM on February 22, 2012

Damn, this is good.
posted by 3.2.3 at 8:14 PM on March 10, 2012

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