I will not lie, I winced when I read the news last week that Glee would be doing their own super-special version of this song. I did, and I am not necessarily proud of that response. The fact is, I have been trying to be more open minded about this sort of thing. DD’s music is begging to be covered, and Glee is a popular show. It makes sense, and I should be puffing out my chest with pride, not wincing as I read a tweet, right??
Well, I still have memories over what was done to Hungry Like the Wolf and Rio. They were performed as a medley by Matt Bomer and Darren Criss. I just didn’t want to see or hear of that happening to another DD song. However, on the same token, a cover shouldn’t necessarily be a carbon copy of the original, should it? Isn’t a cover version supposed to be another artist’s interpretation? Shouldn’t I be applauding that?
Well, yes. Yes I should, which is exactly why I’m no critic. The cheesy, whiney, blood-curdling version that Glee did of Hungry Like the Wolf simply isn’t my thing, regardless of what other fans may think. (Want to tell me I’m wrong? Get your own blog.) I know that Glee
sometimes often borders its writing and production on the cornball side of syrupy sweet. Overdone? Probably. The way HLTW and Rio were done definitely fits that methodology, but would they go that route again?
Well, take a listen for yourself.
When I listened, I had to admit that the music sounded pretty close. Close. Not dead-on, so Duranies don’t be sending me hate mail saying I’m a bad fan! The chords at the beginning are not like the original, they’re clearly mellowed out for TV, and a lot of the very small elements in the music feel a little flat as opposed to the band’s writing, but it’s close. Chord Overstreet does a reasonable job, although like everything he sings, I would swear he has a permanent smile on his face as he performs. He’s not Simon LeBon of course, but you know – it’s not terrible. He has the right range. They didn’t go for cheese here, at least not in the way I had thought in my head. I’m curious to see how the song is written into the show tomorrow night, so I’ll probably take the time to watch — something I haven’t really done all season. And that’s really the point, isn’t it?