Cover Song of the Month: Van Halen’s Jump…by Aztec Camera and by Paul AnkaPosted: April 1, 2010
From the depths of my iPod, The Cover Song of the Month this month on Blurt is a two for the price of one deal. Yes, two distinct covers of the Van Halen hit, Jump. What more can you ask for? I have no idea.
Our first version is by Aztec Camera. You’ll find it a much mellower acoustic guitar driven version of the better known arrangement. The guitar parts are really well done and the vocals are more subtle than the original. Yes, I know, opera is more subtle than the original vocals, but I think you know where I’m going with that.
Ahh, yes, Jump. What a mellow tune.
Now we move to a distinctly different artist and style. Paul Anka is still alive. Not long ago, he did an CD of cover songs that included his version of Jump – a very big bandy, lounge singer-ish version. It’s silly and at the same time, it swings and I have to say I like it.
This video version of the song has some guys email address plastered on it, but the next best thing was a TV performance that looked lip synced to me. How can you not love a band like this one that just flat out wails?
Sure, he’s no Don Ho, but I’m damn sure right about the band, aren’t I?
So, there you have it. As always, the polls and comments are open! Van Halen’s original version (which the entire Blurt staff loves as much as it’s covers) is below the poll if you need it for reference.