‘Tainted Love’ was first released by Gloria Jones back in 1964, and she re-released it in 1976, in a recording produced by her boyfriend, Marc Bolan. It then became a smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic when Soft Cell released it in 1981. Now, in the hands of Berlin’s Milky Chance, it’s been given a new lease on life, not merely bringing it into the 21st century, but making it sound like it’s a Milky Chance original.
Almost exactly a year ago we featured Jedward’s John Grimes’ cover of the Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber single, ‘Monster’. Now we bring you another take on the song, by The Veer Union. Unlike John’s rendition, which saw him sing accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, and indeed, the original song, which was a dance pop number – in the hands of The Veer Union, and featuring Late Night Savior & Stealing Eden, the song is shaken from its pop foundations and given a more punk, almost heavy metal treatment.
Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, John Grimes of Jedward has been entertaining fans and followers with his gorgeous acoustic guitar covers, on an average of about 2 a month. His latest is a cover of Lewis Capaldi’s song, ‘Someone You Loved’, which the Scottish singer released in early 2019, probably best known for its music video featuring his distant relation, Peter Capaldi.
If you’ve listened to John Grimes’ acoustic covers over the years, you may have noticed that he’s covered Justin Bieber’s songs more than any other artist, with him appearing 3 times in the past year alone. We’re certainly not complaining; Justin’s songs fit well lyrically, and sonically they suit John’s vocals perfectly. So tonight, we were very pleased when John uploaded a new cover to the Jepicpics Instagram account, and it was another Bieber song – this time his new single, ‘Lifetime’, from his ‘Justice’ album.
You’ll know the song, even if you don’t know who originally sang it. A fast song about getting away from it all, ‘Fast Car’ was written by Tracy Chapman and released way back in 1988. Since then it’s been covered no fewer than 15 times, by artists such as Birdy, Boyce Avenue, Justin Bieber, Jonas Blue, Sam Smith, Passenger…the list is seemingly endless, with each the track their own flavour. And now it’s John Grimes’s turn, with his acoustic guitar cover, which he’s released as an IGTV exclusive.
If you’ve only just caught up with Jedward recently because of their consistently on point political tweets, or if you’ve only just discovered them, here’s a reminder that they make damned fine music as well. Not content to just sit back and let their incredible 2019 fourth album, ‘Voice Of A Rebel’ (all 22 songs of which they wrote and produced) do the work, John has over the past few years also released a series of acoustic guitar covers, showcasing his own musical and vocal talents outside of Jedward.