Nov 292022
Hurray for the Riff Raff

We’ve featured Hurray for the Riff Raff a few times at Cover Me since they first started recording in the aughts. A vehicle for singer-songwriter Alynda Segarra, the band’s line-up has changed over the years as has their sound. But they aren’t the first group you think of when you think ’80s covers.

The opening of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” recorded in honor of Eurythmics’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, could be Sea Change-era Beck. There’s a laconic but almost pastoral feel to the guitar, bass, drums and keys. Segarra’s vocals are triple-tracked (at least) and are passionate but very distinct from Lennox’s is. Segarra deviates from the vocal melody pretty significantly; this is even more apparent on the bridge.

It’s a complete rethinking of the song, with the arrangement and performance utterly re-contextualizing the lyrics. I’m not sure it’s 100% successful, especially as they sing “Some of them want to use you/Some of them want to get used by you/Some of them want to abuse you/Some of them want to be abused” in a very pretty voice. But I do think it works rather wonderfully for the other lyrics of the song.

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Check out our recent feature on covers of Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again.”

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  One Response to “Hurray for the Riff Raff Release Gentle Folk Cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams””

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  1. The amazon link to listen to Sweet dreams only plays 30 seconds of the song. This is rubbish.

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