Paul Anka covers It's a sin. !?!?!?!?

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Paul Anka covers It's a sin. !?!?!?!?

#1 Post by Naughty Zoot » Sat 07 May 2005, 3:56 am

What can I say ..... here's the item from Billboard.com:


" Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Anka tackles the music of a younger generation on his new album, "Rock Swings." Due June 7 via Verve, the 14-track set features Anka's orchestra-backed interpretations of everything from Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."

Released earlier this year internationally (even reaching No. 1 on the German album chart), the set also includes covers of Oasis' "Wonderwall," Van Halen's "Jump," the Pet Shop Boys' "It's a Sin," the Cure's "Lovecats," Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face," Lionel Ritchie's "Hello," Spandau Ballet's "True" and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven."

Anka will be on tour in North America throughout the rest of the year, with a new round of dates set to begin May 29 at Harrah's in St. Louis. "


For those of you too young to know much about Paul Anka, he first hit the pop charts in the late 50s / early 60s at the age of 16 by writing & singing Diana, Put your head on my shoulder & Puppy Love . He then went on to write My way for Frank Sinatra, She's a lady for Tom Jones & the theme song for The Tonight Show. Fair enough.

But then came the 70s & (You're) having my baby -- a truly wretched song. So wretched it almost completely negates his prior accomplishments.

And now, at 64, he's covering It's a sin. ?!?!?!?!?
I think I need to go lie down ......
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#2 Post by mindboy » Sat 07 May 2005, 7:46 am

Old news, buddy. And whatta boring cover is this! :wink:
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#3 Post by stoo » Sat 07 May 2005, 9:24 am

i love this version, :roll:
how can i feel bad,
about what i never had.
All i have is an image
on a photograph

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#4 Post by Bulldog » Sat 07 May 2005, 11:38 am

"Eyes without a face". Must be dedicated to his plastic surgeon.

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#5 Post by shamelessbehave » Sat 07 May 2005, 2:22 pm

mindboy wrote:Old news, buddy. And whatta boring cover is this! :wink:
It´s extremely boring and even destroys the original song. But at least there´s an artist who makes a little tribute by making this version. :wink:
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#6 Post by glennjridge » Sat 07 May 2005, 3:29 pm

I love his version.I wish neil were singing it.

anyways,anka routinely plays the casino I live near,but I am not sure this song is enough to make me want to go.

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#7 Post by stoo » Sat 07 May 2005, 6:09 pm

guarenteed this will be how they perform it from now on,
how can i feel bad,
about what i never had.
All i have is an image
on a photograph

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#8 Post by psb-freak » Sat 07 May 2005, 6:36 pm

Was this mentioned here earlier or did I read it only on german forum?
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#9 Post by mindboy » Sun 08 May 2005, 1:15 am

stoo wrote:guarenteed this will be how they perform it from now on,
Please, no! :lol:
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#10 Post by Naughty Zoot » Sun 08 May 2005, 6:11 pm

mindboy wrote:Old news, buddy. And whatta boring cover is this! :wink:
I guess I must have somehow missed this. Then again, I'm obviously not a big Paul Anka fan nor do I keep up with the German charts, so it was news to me.
Although I'm still stunned by this turn of events, what really upsets me is that I now have to decide whether I need to get this travesty for my collection. I'm not a completist but I do have most of the covers other people have done.
What a conundrum.
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#11 Post by mindboy » Sun 08 May 2005, 7:18 pm

Naughty Zoot wrote:
mindboy wrote:Old news, buddy. And whatta boring cover is this! :wink:
I guess I must have somehow missed this. Then again, I'm obviously not a big Paul Anka fan nor do I keep up with the German charts, so it was news to me.
Although I'm still stunned by this turn of events, what really upsets me is that I now have to decide whether I need to get this travesty for my collection. I'm not a completist but I do have most of the covers other people have done.
What a conundrum.
Sure get it - I have it myself, just don't like it too much. I prefer another jazz cover of PSB song - Opportunities by Frank Bannet.
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#12 Post by andmaste » Mon 09 May 2005, 8:27 am

Here the cover of the album

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#13 Post by psb-freak » Mon 09 May 2005, 2:43 pm

andmaste wrote:Here the cover of the album

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I decided not to buy it. I just listened it online. But the version is quite good.
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#14 Post by Aaron » Tue 10 May 2005, 6:59 pm

I haven't even heard it, but I can tell you you're wrong.

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#15 Post by West 4th » Wed 10 Aug 2005, 11:47 pm

I just heard him on NPR today talking about this Album. They played his version of "Jump". Interesting. I suppose if you were a Dean Martin/Rat Pack music fan you'd probably like this album. I downloaded his version of It's a sin today, very weird. I felt like I was missing a martini.
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