Yesterday, U.K. singer-songwriter Becky Jones aka Saint Saviour posted a gift for her fans on Facebook. To kick off the new year, she has posted a fresh take on the 1971 Neil Young classic “Old Man.” Hailing from Teeside in the North East of England, Jones started out in electro band the RGBs before going on to front the latest version of trip-hop, electronica act Groove Armada.
“When I was 13, I was watching TV and the video to ‘Enjoy the Silence’ came on. I was paralysed. The guitar riff was captivating and I could feel a sensation in my chest. I said to my mum: ‘What is this thing that I feel every time I hear this guitar riff?’ She sounded worried and said: ‘I don’t know. That’s very strange.’ It was something delicious and intriguing, and to this day, I still get that feeling when I hear the song.”
That’s a quote from Shakira in the Guardian a few years back, offering a third piece of evidence (after her the xx and Metallica covers) that the Latin pop star has shockingly good taste. Not that Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” is exactly a buried treasure. Everyone from Tori Amos to the Bloodhound Gang has covered the Top 10 single since its 1990 release, generally emphasizing dreamy atmospherics over dramatic reinterpretation.