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Pulp’s “Bad Cover Version”

In don’t know much about the band, Pulp, but came across this video that features various parts of the song performed by impersonators of a wide variety of familiar singers, including Bowie. Instead of linking to the video, I’m linking to the cover art for the single which is obviously a parody of the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

If you want to see the video, which features celebrity lookalikes singing in a “We Are the World” style, click here.

Some of the voice imitators and some of the lookalikes are better than some of the others. The faux-Bowie sounds much more like Bowie than he looks like Bowie (I’m actually not sure if it’s the same person). It’s better to hear the song first without being distracted by the lookalikes, but then watch it because the video is funny.

The premise of the song is that the singer’s ex-girlfriend is now in a new relationship that’s like “a bad cover version.” The later part of the song compares the new relationships with a bunch of things that have jumped the shark (thought it doesn’t use that phrase or refer to Happy Days). I wouldn’t describe this as a novelty song or even a straight-up parody, but it does not take itself too seriously.

The song was originally released in 2002, but I only discovered it recently.

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