Shuffle Sundays is a weekly feature in which we feature a cover chosen at random by my iTunes shuffle. The songs will usually be good, occasionally be bad, always be interesting. All downloads will only be available for one week, so get them while you can.
Due to a desire to keep tribute albums complete, not every cover song in the old iTunes library is a gem. To its credit, the blandly-titled The Duran Duran Tribute Album has some good tunes. Eve’s Plum does a seductive “Save a Prayer” while Home Grown puts a smooth ska swing to “Planet Earth.” Unfortunately, it also contains Gob’s merciless assault on “A View to a Kill.”
The original “View to a Kill” holds several historical distinctions. It is the only James Bond theme to hit number one on the charts. It was the final song Duran Duran recorded with their original lineup before their 2001 reunion. Plus, the video features one of the cheesiest closing lines ever committed to tape.
If Gob’s cover never quite lifts off, it’s not for lack of trying. The British Columbia quartet put their three-chord punk spin on the ’80s anthem, changing what was a mediocre movie theme to something far more aggressive…and unpleasant.
The quickest way a cover song can fail is by imitating the original, so give Gob credit for avoiding that on this 87-second blast. In fact, they bastardize the song so thoroughly it’s unclear if they’ve even heard the original. M would not approve.
Gob – A View to a Kill (Duran Duran) [Buy]
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