I received an email a little while ago pointing me in the direction of a new album, That Covers That…, by US band Chris Richards and the Subtractions that’s available to download for free. I duly visited the web page, pressed “play” and then turned my attention to other things, enjoying the music in the background, only half-listening to it. During the first song my ears picked up something in the lyrics and I thought to myself “Hang on a minute – they just sang ‘Cos you like me too much, and I like you’. That’s a line from a Beatles song. What a ripoff!” I then had a quick look at the song title on the web page and saw that it was called “You Like Me Too Much.” My instant reaction was: “Hey, that’s the name of The Beatles song they pinched the line from! And they’ve got the cheek give their song the same name! What an even bigger ripoff!”
Er, what I hadn’t realised until I saw all the song titles on that page is that the album is comprised entirely of covers – including, um, The Beatles’ “You Like Me Too Much.” (I also hadn’t noticed the blindingly obvious clue in the album’s title – i.e., That Covers That….)
[Insert emoticon of man slapping forehead.]
Right. Now that he have that nonsense out of the way (note to self: pay more attention next time, Peter), here now for your listening pleasure is a Big Star-esque version of a Beatles tune (yes, I know that now, thank you):
My deep abiding adoration of The Beatles as the best band in the history of absolutely everything forbids me to prefer the Chris Richards and the Subtractions version, but I do like it.
Here’s the original:
Incidentally, if you pop on over to that web page to download the album – and Chris Richards and the Subtractions sincerely hope you do – I must warn you that it contains five tracks lasting a total of 13:26 which, as far as I’m concerned, makes it an EP. (If the page offering the download insists on calling it an album, then I think it probably qualifies as the shortest album ever released.)