7 May 2017

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Welcome to SeeDarkly Sunday DisCOVERies: a weekly exploration of goth, industrial, & dark alternative cover songs!
Where they came from, who did them originally, and other strange trivia!

It's the Second Anniversary of DisCOVERies and if after 105 dark covers you think there's not much left to offer, you'll be surprised!
On the very first entry I explained a few of the reasons why the blog exists. Last year, on the one year anniversary, I revealed a few of the parameters I use to select tracks and prevent repetition. I intend to continue to operate under those guidelines, though I may decide to introduce a new cover of a track featured previously sometime later this year... we'll see.

One interesting phenomenon I've encountered over these past two years has been the occasional prejudice by some readers seemingly resistant to acknowledge the idea that the goth/industrial music they love may occasionally have its roots in contemporary mainstream popular music. Goth/industrial music didn't spring fully formed from the void, as darkly romantic as that notion may be. So when I explore the history of these tracks, I am not apologetic. Whether the song was performed originally by artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson or George Michael, it's relevant to the history and says something about the artists who chose to cover them. Love or hate pop music as anyone will, the origins of the covers can not be denied. Moreover, they shouldn't be. Creative inspiration, whether it be serious, in fun, or some combination of those motivations, comes from a variety of sources and sometimes those sources are unexpected, perhaps even guilty pleasures. So as I continue presenting these covers, I encourage readers to keep an open mind and consider the broader evolution of this music we call "dark"...

Speaking of "guilty pleasures," this week's entry is a great example of an artist inspired by such pop to recreate it in his own industrial futurepop image, and he seems to have done it all for the sake of a fan:

Faderhead - SexyBack (Justin Timberlake)

SexyBack was the first successful number one hit of Justin Timberlake's post-NSYNC solo career, released in July 2006. It was the debut single from his second album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, released two months later. Timberlake has allegedly described his approach to this EDM track as an attempt to create a song like James Brown's Sex Machine but through the rock sensibilities of artists like David Bowie or David Byrne while simultaneously incorporating new wave synth elements found in the music of acts like Tears for Fears or Human League.
The track was panned by a significant amount of music journalists who berated it as "the weakest song" of the album, "annoyingly dumb," "laughable," "irritating," etc... Despite such criticisms the single went multi-platinum in the U.S. and several other countries, and earned Timberlake a number of awards, including a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.

Faderhead, the stage name of Sami Mark Yahya, is an electronic musician/producer from Hamburg, Germany. According to accounts reviewed on social media, Faderhead had often considered covering SexyBack, but it wasn't until an exchange with a fan on Twitter that he apparently found motivation. In fact, on June 1, 2010, roughly three and a half hours after a few short tweets with the social media blogger known as "Miss Destructo," he had completed recording the cover and made it available as a free download for the subscribers of his newsletter. If you listen close you'll even hear him give Miss Destructo a shout-out half way through his version of the song.

Faderhead has done at least two other covers, (White Wedding by Billy Idol & White Room by Cream,) also as exclusive free downloads for the public.
Faderhead's take on SexyBack leans into the track's self-referential egotism. He performs all the lyrics, unlike the original which features guest vocalist and co-producer Timbaland, and seems to be making fun of the song and himself in the process.

The Cover:
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The Original:



Next week:
Second Sunday Slowly! A downtempo track on the gothier/darkwave side of the aisle!

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Explore the darkness,
-Xero

Previous DisCOVERies

Apr 30 - Forevel - It's No Good (Depeche Mode)
Apr 23 - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross w/ Karen O - Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
Apr 16 - Type O Negative - Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse)
Apr 09 - PreCog - Pepper (Butthole Surfers)
Apr 02 - Aesthetic Perfection - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals)

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