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The Pogues version is better

I love Stars and have been a big fan of theirs for years. So, of course, when I saw they had a remix of this song I automatically bought it with only a quick listen of the preview. Knowing what Stars have done in the past, I thought they would bring some new creative twist to this classic song. But alas, they did not. I enjoy the vocals and the melody-but I would still rather listen to The Pogues version. The older version has got more edge and is a more interesting listen.

Doesn't Compare to the Original

This song is practically a note-for-note rendition of the original. What sets a good cover song apart is when the artist changes it up to suit their own style. Otherwise it's pretty much just karaoke- new voice on top of the same song.

If you have never heard the original by The Pogues, do yourself a favor and check that out first. Way more emotional and energetic than this.

This version is for Stars fans only.

Lacks that special something

Stars doing a cover of one of the best songs the Pogues ever wrote? Sign me up! Unfortunately, it's pretty lifeless. The cover's almost note for note for the original without the original production value. Chris Seligman can't summon the down on his luck alcoholic character nearly as well as Shane McGowan, and without that, the song falls apart. Unfortunately, they try too hard to be the Pogues instead of Stars.


Formed: 2001 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Sharing a fondness for sophisticated soul and pop artists like the Smiths, New Order, and Marvin Gaye, vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman formed Stars in Toronto. Along with friends Evan Cranley (also of Big Rude Jake) and Amy Millan (who contributed to the soundtrack for the film Drowning Mona), the band relocated to New York City before returning to Canada, this time settling in Montreal. Their debut full-length, Nightsongs, was released in early 2001 on Le Grand Magistery,...
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