The lyrics to Dusty Springfield’s biggest hit, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” are from the point of view of someone quite pathetic. It’s Springfield’s vocal that makes the sentiment sound noble. I’m pretty sure Scottish goth rock group Walt Disco want you to realize how pathetic the lyrics make the singer sound. They’ve recorded a cover for their new, all-covers EP Always Sickening, the follow-up to their April debut Unlearning.
From the start, it’s clear this is warped version of, with the opening horns and chorus given a gothic makeover – there’s almost a horror movie vibe. But when lead singer James Potter’s vocal comes in, it’s clear we’re in a parallel universe. His speak-singing (backed by another voice, nearly wailing) emphasizes the desperation in the lyrics. The backing is a throbbing, nearly industrial pulse and some distorted guitar.
Things get a little more traditional in the chorus, but it’s still through the looking glass. If you think ’80s post punk/goth cover of “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” whatever you imagine that sounds like is probably pretty close to this cover. Check it out: