Jul 152016
 

Some covers are more equal than others. Good, Better, Best looks at three covers and decides who takes home the gold, the silver, and the bronze.

Because I decided to fight for what was rightfully and legally mine, a full album that I recorded was never released. I’m not being paid, nor have I ever been paid, as an artist for “Sea of Love.” I never received justice and to this day have not received justice. – Phil Phillips

The author of “Sea of Love,” John Phillip Batiste (he Anglicized it for the benefit of non-French-speaking DJs), got more pain than joy from his big hit. Written to woo a girl he didn’t wind up with, co-credited to a record store owner who Phillips claims had no hand in writing it, the original “Sea of Love” went to number one in 1959, but only earned its author $6800. His album was permanently shelved after the label got in a dispute with the record store owner, and Phillips was unable to get out from under his five-year contract; by 1964, Beatlemania had hit and Phillips’ time in the spotlight was over.

“Sea of Love,” on the other hand, was just beginning to shine.
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Feb 102015
 

If you were in high school and madly in love around the time Juno came out in 2007, you are familiar with Cat Power‘s rendition of Phil Phillips’ 1959 hit, “Sea of Love.” The ballad has been covered by the likes of The Honeydrippers, Iggy Pop, and Tom Waits. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Scottish fuzz rock trio PAWS has delivered their own sweet, lo-fi version of the classic love song. Continue reading »