One month, I’ll have to focus on songs that I thought were originals, but later turned out to be cover versions. I’m pretty sure I had listened to St.Etienne’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart plenty of times before I heard the Neil Young original, and I spent about 18 years in blissful ignorance of the fact that The Fall’s “Why are People Grudgeful?” from their 1993 album The Infotainment Scan was a cover of sorts of not one, but two tracks: “People Funny Boy” by Lee Scratch Perry, and “People Grudgeful”, which was Joe Gibbs’ retort to Perry’s track.
More recently, I’ve been enjoying Tracey Thorn’s Christmas album Tinsel and Lights, without paying much attention to the song-writing credits (one problem with buying MP3s or streaming is that you don’t get to pore over album liner notes). “Hard Candy Christmas” is the second track on the album, and sounds exactly like a Christmas-referencing song written by Thorn about tough times ought to sound, so it was something of a surprise to find out it was written by Carol Hall for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Take it away, Dolly…
(By the way, I think this appears fairly near the end of the film, but I have literally no idea if there are spoilers ahoy.)