Reminder: 'Torn' Is Not A Natalie Imbruglia Original, But It Is The Song That Made One Direction

It's a valuable lesson in how a cover version can absolutely eclipse the original artist's vision.

You can count the times when a cover version wildly eclipses the original on one hand – but ‘Torn’ is proof that it can be done and also that Natalie Imbruglia is basically a genius.

Yes, ‘Torn’ isn’t her song. But let’s be honest: it absolutely is her song, even if she was the third artist to release it.

Um, hi?

if you want to follow the forging of the Crown of Torns, it was first demoed by Anne Preven, who co wrote it with her guitarist Scott Cutler and her producer (and former bassist with the Cure) Phil Thornally.

Preven and Cutler then formed a band called Ednaswap in LA and released the song in 1995. And man, it sounds SO VERY 1995. Ah, those glory days of alt.rock…

But they didn’t even get to record it first: that honour went to Lis Sørensen, in 1993 who made it a minor hit in Denmark (as ‘Brændt’, which literally means “burned”).

Imbruglia’s version isn’t all that different to Sørensen’s and keeps the somewhat streamlined chord progression (compared with Ednaswap’s version, at least) and yet is about a billion times better.

It’s also produced by Thornally, which is how our Nat heard of the song. See how it works?

And let’s not underestimate that video.…

And then One Direction made it part of their legend by making it the first song they ever performed together – it was the song that convinced Simon Cowell to take them to the very tippity top. And just look at them emote!

So, in short: the people who wrote the song did the version that the fewest people heard or liked. But at least they still get publishing royalties. That’s gotta be a nice little earner.

And Preven and Cutler have made a hell of a career writing for other artists, including the award-winning ‘Listen’ from Dreamgirls.

So, songwriters: the trick is to work with a former goth superstar, get a Scando pop star to cover it, then have an Australian soapie star make it an international smash, and then have it trigger the formation of the biggest boy band of all time.


Grease Had A Song About Mooning Women And You Never Even Knew It

It's still better than Beauty School Dropout.

So you think you’re pretty across Grease, right? You can belt out ‘Summer Nights’ with the best of them, you know how to hand jive, and you even know the more obscure references in ‘Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee’. But did you know it has a song about showing people one’s bum?

To be fair, it’s not in the film. However, if your family had the Grease movie’s official soundtrack LP you might be aware that there’s a ballad on side three called ‘Mooning’.

You might assume was cut because it doesn’t seem to further the plot: a guy sings about mooning after a girl who remains immune to his charms.

But actually, it’s because there was a small change in the characters between stage and screen, and also it wasn’t nearly as innocent as it seemed.

In the film there’s a T-Bird named Putzie (the blonde one), but in the original musical his name was Rump because he liked to flash his bum at people all the time.

That Putz is in the middle.

And ‘Mooning’ was the character’s big number, based on the presumed-hilarious fact that mooning is both a term for wistfully yearning for someone, and for flashing arse at them.

Hence pun-tacular lines like “I guess I’ll keep striking poses / Until my cheeks have lost their roses” and

Sure, maybe having a character drop trou throughout the film would be a little ribald for a slumber party classic. However, given the utterly filthy lyrics to ‘Greased Lightning’, it’s entirely possible that Rump was actually considered too sophisticated and high-falutin’ for the film’s tone.

History, sadly, does not record.

There's An A-Ha Australian Tour Coming And If It Was Just Take On Me Over And Over That Would Be Fine

And look, we have to ask: how does one take on me?

It takes a lot to surprise us when it comes to heritage artists coming our way to reel out the hits and memories, but we have to admit that when Facebook rather unexpectedly threw this up we were… let’s say, surprised:

Yes, A-Ha – the band that did ‘Take On Me’, a 34 year old song which has now been playing daily in your skull since you first heard that keyboard line – are coming to Australia for the first time since 1987 and New Zealand for the first time since ever.

And sure, they might be kinda-sorta one hit wonders here, but they’ve been consistently huge all over the world – especially in their native Norway – throughout the last four decades. Although they did officially split up in 2010; a commitment which lasted all of four years.

And they did a Bond theme, you know! Admittedly it was for The Living Daylights, but still: Bond! Theme!

Anyway: dates will presumably be announced any old second now and we’re far more excited about this than we feel OK admitting.

In any case: ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’ is a banger. FACT.


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