Oh my sweet, sweet readers, I feel badly about pulling such a fast one on you like this. I bet you were expecting a funk cover of a non-funk song, or a funk-oriented remix or mash-up.
I had a lot of options to choose from, lest you incorrectly assume a paucity of musical ideas. Au contraire. It’s just…well, let me put it this way. A good re-working of a song is like seeing an actor do a particularly fine job portraying a character: you can’t so easily see that person’s face and not think of the emotions their character made you feel. So too with this song. I adored Kylie’s song when it came out. It was slick, sexy, and had a great beat. …Then I heard this version. And poof! Bye, Kylie, thanks for trying. For better or for worse, Patrick and Eugene’s bizarro-world, klezmer carnival version supplanted the original. It’s possible the reason is – and this really is a curse, let me tell you – I tend to be way more interested in things that are weird than I am things that are easy. Kylie’s song was a very well-constructed, well-packaged, dull song. Standard girl-sees-boy, girl-wants-boy fare. P and E’s version is unsettling, difficult to read, and absolutely hilarious (I had a really hard time mood-tagging this one). When they get to the “stay forever and ever” lyric, I feel oddly compelled to shout “IT PUTS THE LOTION ON ITS SKIN OR ELSE IT GETS THE HOSE AGAIN.”* Like I said: it’s a curse, being more interested in weird things.
*”Silence of the Lambs” reference? Anyone? …Anyone?
Original song here: