Song of the day: Bram Tchaikovsky – "I’m A Believer"

December 31, 2009

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…

Bram Tchaikovsky – “I’m A Believer” (1979)

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Here’s the version most people are familiar with:

The Monkees – “I’m A Believer” (1966)

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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:

The Four Tops – “I’m A Believer” (1967)

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Second, here’s UK singer Robert Wyatt with a very UK – and very 70’s – version:

Robert Wyatt – “I’m A Believer” (1974)

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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)

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