My snapshot of Alison Mosshart and her crazy pink hair.
The Kills did their cover of the 1962 Patsy Cline hit "Crazy" the other night. It really was a nice surprise. I didn't capture the first part of it, but was able to record the rest. The sound quality turned out better than I thought it would. One of my favorite bands covering one of my favorite songs (and artists)!
Patsy Cline had a stellar and unmistakable voice. I love the story behind this song -- Willie Nelson penned it in 1961 when he was just a young unknown songwriter. He was shopping it around Nashville and presented it to Cline's husband, Charlie Dick. Cline happened to be looking for a song to follow up first chart-topper, "I Fall to Pieces." Apparently upon first hearing Nelson's demo, Cline wasn't impressed. Her producer, Owen Bradley, convinced her to record it.
From Rolling Stone:
Told that the song's title was "Crazy," she responded, "It sure is." But Bradley helped Cline make the song her own with a lush arrangement and understated backing vocals from gospel group the Jordanaires. Cline's vocals, cut in one take, infused Nelson's lyrics with slow-burn sex appeal. "Crazy" set the stage for a sophisticated new phase of the C&W sound known as "countrypolitan," although Cline herself wouldn't be around to shape it: She died in a plane crash less than two years later.
Ps. You can listen to a full version of the Kills' cover of this song here.