Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.
A few weeks ago, Cage The Elephant released a cover of Wreckless Eric‘s “Whole Wide World,” and a fine cover it is. Hearing it sparked a memory back to the late 1970s when the song was released by the fledgling Stiff Records (where Nick Lowe was the house producer) and became an unlikely “punk” classic. On the one hand, the song has given Eric Goulden a degree of lasting fame, and hopefully years of royalties, but on the other hand, it sadly has overshadowed Eric’s many other wonderful songs, written and performed as a solo artist, as a member of bands, and most recently with his wife, Amy Rigby, a great singer/songwriter in her own right.
According to Goulden, the genesis of the song was, as he wrote in the opening lines:
When I was a young boy
My mama said to me
“There’s only one girl in the world for you
And she probably lives in Tahiti…”