Cover Song Monday: “Ue O Muite Aruko” and “The Sophisticated Song”

This week, two songs completely unrelated to each other. The first song, “Ue O Muite Aruko,” known often in the states as “Sukiyaki” (the latter of which has absolutely nothing to do with the song – it was retitled by American record moguls who wanted an easier-to-pronounce title), is a bit of a strange one – largely because the original, sung by the late Kyu Sakamoto, is so damn jaunty, which is weird considering the lyrics are about looking up at the sky as the speaker walks because he doesn’t want tears to fall down from his face. So I changed it up a bit – I slowed down the tempo and added a translation of the song to the foreground, giving it a strangely Shatnerian feel. I think it works to a point, and maybe you’ll think the same.

Now, the second song today is something completely different – it’s a cover of one of my favorite musical sketches from A Bit of Fry and Laurie. Hugh Laurie did a bunch of songs for the show (“Too Long, Johnny” and “Where Is the Lid?” are two of my other favorites), and I took the opening kazoo-like mouth-trumpet playing and applied it to the rest of the song. It’s silly, yes, but I recorded it at 3 in the morning, so what are you gonna do?

By the way, quick note – all of the musical SoundCloud tracks are downloadable, so you’re more than welcome to download them and put them onto your mp3 player!


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