May 012015

Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” has likely popped into your head many times since the late 80s’, when it was first released. With a simple melody, a visual storyline for lyrics, and recurring “da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da da-da DA-da, da-da DA-da”, it’s a song to which possibly a tiny baby could help sing along. Like one of Suzanne’s contemporaries, The Terminator, this song has had multiple lives. Originally released in 1987 as an acapella piece, it was re-released as a bootleg with a dance beat by DNA in 1990, and there have been multiple versions since. Thankfully, Suzanne has had the grace to see these copyright infringements as creative pursuits and has not filed any lawsuits to limit versioning.

Now you can hear Britney Spears’ heavily auto-tuned voice on a dancey collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, the 75-year-old synth pop maven. This new version is sure to extend the legacy of “Tom’s Diner” by at least another five years. Giorgio, a legend in his own right, and of Daft-Punk-collaboration fame, is set to release this track and more featuring Sia, Kylie Minogue and more on his forthcoming album.

Listen to the song below and be sure to pay special attention to Giorgio’s sprechensang contribution on the track, right around the two-minute mark.

Since this song is going to appear on Giorgio Moroder’s album, stay in the loop here.

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