MP3: Bjork - Gloomy Sunday
Every now and then you hear a cover version and realise that not every cover is automatically going to be a huge mess. In fact if we think about it there are some covers out there that are just so damned good that there's no point ever listening to the original. Today's mp3 is Bjork performing the notorious classic known as 'Gloomy Sunday' or 'The Hungarian Suicide Song'. It was written by pianist and composer Rezso Seress in 1933, and according to urban legend inspired a score of suicides. You can find out more information about the song on wikipedia. It's been covered by a very large amount of people, with the Billie Holiday version being one of the finest, but to me the Bjork version heard here is just absolutely the best. It was only played live once, at a benefit show for Walden Pond performed at the Wiltern Theatre in LA. At the same date she played two other covers, including one duetting with Joni Mitchell, which I would love to hear if anyone could get me a copy. There's a little more info on Bjork's version at this site. Personally I think it highlights Bjork's voice at its very finest, the backing band are tremendous and the mood is deliciously evil. Hope you like it.
Download: Bjork - Gloomy Sunday - MP3