Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Today's post started when I watched last week's episode of Private Practice (don't judge me, I couldn't sleep and it was on.) I was half-heartedly watching when a song playing in the background caught me attention. I knew it and yet I didn't. I kept listening until I placed it and realized it was a cover version of a song by a band I LOVED back in the day, a-ha.
Now I know that for most folks in the US they were pretty much a one hit wonder, but I fell in love with them and even had a German friend who would send me cassette taped recordings of their European hits since I couldn't find their music in the US. While I was in grad school I was checking out the offerings at a used music store and found an imported CD of their greatest hits. I snachted it up and loved it.
A few years later I pulled it out to load it into iTunes but the disc wasn't in the case. I was convinced I'd lost it to a roommate in one of my many moves. I was sad, since finding it again wouldn't be easy, but I also didn't spend a lot of time looking. A few months later my lovely sister surprised me at Christmas, she'd tracked down a copy of the import and got it for me.
I tell this story for a couple of reason - to prove how great my sister is, to share what sometimes geeky music taste I have and to introduce an awesome cover version of their one big US hit, "Take On Me." If you like interesting covers - check out Runar Eff's other stuff on YouTube, kind of great!