Toad in the Hole

July 04, 2006

The Sunday Random Award

Best cover of a pop song, this decade at least: Richard Thompson's "Oops, I Did It Again." The version on his zillion years of pop music collection is good, but the live one on the recent big box set is wonderful. Especially the "I'm not that innocent" line.

Particulars on request. There's also a version of "Danny Boy" that calls for pogo-ing, or at least a really vigorous two-step.

Meanwhile, I'm getting really really bored with the latest microorganism I'm entertaining in my respiratory system. Enough already. Go away. Feagh.

Posted at July 4, 2006 05:26 AM


There is some really nasty head cold going around the Bay Area right now, I hear. I hope you feel better soon, and that the next explosion I hear today will not in fact be your sinuses three thousand miles away.

Posted by: Sara at July 4, 2006 04:49 PM

Oh, and I've heard that cover of "Oops" and agree that it's terrific.

Isn't it interesting how much better a song written by an adult man sounds when sung by an adult man than when sung by a superficially hypersexualized teenage girl? This isn't to say a proper chanteuse could not also make this song wonderful. Shoot, even Madonna could make this song sound wonderful. My only point is that context -- in this case an object of making music, not music sales via thinly veiled kiddie porn -- can improve an awful lot of things, and this is but one example.

Posted by: Sara at July 4, 2006 05:22 PM

I think it was kind-of written for Spears, but Thompson grows a three-day stubble and a leer somewhere in the middle of "I'm not that innocent" that's hilarious.

Posted by: Ron at July 4, 2006 05:38 PM