If you’re going to cover “I’m A Believer” then I reckon this is the way to do it – not by playing it the way The Monkees played it (Smash Mouth, I’m looking at you), but by playing it as if it’s a Status Quo song…
Here’s the version most people are familiar with:
As a super-tremendously-wonderfully-splendidly-magnificent bonus, here are three more versions of the song that I like – versions that don’t come from the “Hey, let’s play it the way The Monkeees played it!” template.
First, here are The Four Tops giving the song a bit of soul, Motowning it up good and proper:
Second, here’s UK singer Robert Wyatt with a very UK – and very 70’s – version:
And lastly, here’s Brazilian big band Fórmula 7 with a hip ‘n’ happenin’ version that would make James Last proud:
Fórmula 7 – “I’m A Believer” (1968)