Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Music: The Kills Cover "Crazy"

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.

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