The Feeling Listless Soundtrack 1.0:
Under The Bridge.

Written by Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis & Chad Smith
[from: 'Under The Bridge', 2001]

Music  I’ve a feeling The Red Hot Chilli Peppers never had this in mind. Which is a great thing about bizarre cover versions, they’ll stretch the originals to breaking point. Unlike the All Saints equally sublime version, they make no attempt to replicate the opening guitar solo vocally and everything is subservient to the vocal. It should sound as wrong as Oasis clashing through Bobby Mcferrin’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ but doesn’t. There are of course really bad cover versions. There are the bland karaoke copies (anything by Atomic Kitten, Blue, Westlife and that crowd), and pointless dance versions like Madhouse (somewhere there is a dance version of All About Eve’s ‘Martha’s Harbour’). But midway between there will always be joy like this. And Donald Duck’s version on ‘Yesterday’. [Originally written over twelve years ago.]

[Commentary:  Sadly there isn't an Oasis cover of Don't Worry Be Happy, I think that was my idea of a joke.  The song's probably in the soundtrack for the same reason as Travis's rendition of Britney Spears, incongruity.  My other memory of this song is watching a special cinema presentation of the All Saints version along with Lady Marmalade in front of the original release of Tarantino's Jackie Brown.  Of all things.]

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