I never really liked this song when I was young.The original by Huey Lewisnever appealed to me. In my opinion, the original version is just a toss away bubbly gum pop song that fits great as the song in Back to the Future, but the music is just over powers the lyrics. It's a quintessential 80's song; loud over the top drums and keyboard with passionless vocals. Even when Huey Lewis shouts the lyrics it still feels forced or theatrical.
The first time I heard this cover I was blown away. This is how this song was meant to be played. The mellowness of the cover gives the lyrics a chance to shine, bringing a deeper meaning to the song. I can connect to the cover in a way I never could with the original. It comes across as heartfelt and and more sincere than the original ever did. This cover made me see the song in a new light and it quickly became one of my favorite covers. Quite a surprise since it was done for an80's tribute album by punk bands.
I love discovering cover songs that are way different than the original. Any suggestions for me?