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23 March 2006
Filed under:Arts Reviews,Humour & Entertainment at8:57 pm

My wife had the radio on in the background and I half-heard some swing-sounding music. It wasn’t a swing standard, but something about the tune was strangely familiar. I listened to the words – “Today is gonna be the day / That they’re gonna throw it back to you”… Wait a minute – isn’t that by… Oasis? Yes, it turns out that one of the most popular pop tunes of the mid-90s here in the UK was being covered by Paul Anka (!) Well, I can’t say the result was bad but I found it very difficult to listen to – my memory of the original was clashing in my head with the remake.


  1. Very surprising, as Mike Flowers Pops had done an easy-listening version of Wonderwall already. We did not need a second such version.

    Comment by Pete — 24 March 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  2. IIRC, that cover came out right at the peak of the of the original’s popularity. Here in San Francisco, it became a camp hit that immediately killed itself, and the original. It was just such a reductio ad absurdum, nobody wanted to hear the thing anymore, or couldn’t, without laughing.

    Comment by goatchowder — 24 March 2006 @ 1:42 pm

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