They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, which is why we reckon all musicians would secretly love to have their music covered. It really is the ultimate compliment – after all, what greater seal of approval can there be than to see the lyrics and notes you created deemed inspirational enough to reproduce?
One can only wonder just how high the ego of JOSEPH ARTHUR rocketed three years ago after his song In The Sun was covered by Michael Stipe and Chris Martin when they teamed up to record a benefit EP for the Hurricane Katrina relief campaign. In fact, this duo of rock royalty produced SIX versions of it, even roping in their pal Justin Timberlake for the token weird remix.
The ironic thing is that In The Sun pales in comparison to Arthur’s best song, Honey And The Moon, which can be found on the Ohio singer’s third album Redemption’s Son.
As well as gaining a significant airing on American Pie: The Wedding, Honey And The Moon is such a classic example of singer-songwriting at its best that Arthur (or, more likely, his record company) has understandably milked it as much as he can by releasing it in five different edited forms between 2002 and 2007. We’ve given you the classic album version.
b June 16, King Tut’s, Glasgow (tickets)