Four great cov­ers of Joshua Tree songs

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By GLENN GAM­BOA

THE wide in­flu­ence of U2’s The Joshua Tree is ev­i­dent in the count­less cover ver­sions of the album’s songs that ex­ist in vir­tu­ally ev­ery style imag­in­able. Here’s a look at some of the best:

Where The Streets Have No Name, Pet Shop Boys (1991)

The synth-pop duo not only turn the rock an­them into a chug­ging dance floor filler, the guys com­bine it with Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You to make it al­most un­recog­nis­able. But the song’s bril­liant lyrics and struc­ture still shine through, when sur­rounded by Pet Shop Boys’ disco flour­ishes or Banda Brasileira’s bossa nova rhythms or Star­sailor’s sim­ple acous­tic gui­tars.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Look­ing For, The Chimes (1990) Singer Pauline Henry amps up the song’s nat­u­ral gospel feel, while the other Chimes build a laid-back neosoul vibe around her pow­er­ful vo­cals. It’s no sur­prise that the bulk of the cov­ers of the chart-top­per are from gospel acts, though Cher’s glitzy gui­tar-fu­elled ver­sion and Dis­turbed’s roar­ing nü-metal ver­sion were cer­tainly un­ex­pected.

Bul­let The Blue Sky, P.O.D. (1999) You’d think the highly po­lit­i­cal, highly spe­cific na­ture of Bul­let would make it im­pos­si­ble to cover, but P.O.D. doesn’t just am­plify the rage of the orig­i­nal with their hard-hit­ting, sludgy ver­sion, it pro­vides a show­case for both Sonny San­doval’s vo­cals and Mar­cos Curiel’s gui­tar work.

With Or With­out You, Les Nu­bians (2008) The French duo lay­ers a whole Afro­funk su­per­struc­ture over the song’s orig­i­nal sim­plic­ity, fill­ing the space with call-and-re­sponse back­ing vo­cals, horn blasts and a ton of fas­ci­nat­ing drama. Tap­ping into the drama is a path that many – from new wa­vers Heaven 17 to op­er­atic rocker Amy Lee – have tried with vary­ing suc­cess, with Keane’s ten­der ver­sion far­ing best. – Newsday/ Tri­bune News Ser­vice

— TNS

Songs from U2’s The Joshua Tree have been re­made by many other artistes.

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