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Sunday, August 20, 2006

 

ModMusic: Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright

Not even sure where I originally got this...rediscovered it last night buried deep in the ModFab vaults, and I know it's kicked around the internet more times than the Paris Hilton video. But I gave it another listen and look, and thought there might be one of you out there who hadn't heard it.

Sure, there's kitsch at work when Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright homoerotically duet on George Michael's sappy "Careless Whisper". But once you get past the initial giggles, there's a real beauty at work -- two male voices that complement each other well, playing the corny lyrics straight (as it were), over Ben's simple piano arrangement. I've often felt that a cover song should make you hear the old tune in a fresh way; as impossible as it sounds, Rufus and Ben allowed me to take "Careless Whisper" seriously. Well, almost. I mean, it's still got that stupid lyric about guilty feet...

Download: "Careless Whisper", Ben Folds featuring Rufus Wainwright
Watch: "Careless Whisper", Ben Folds featuring Rufus Wainwright
Then Buy: Ben Folds CDs and Rufus Wainwright CDs
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