Sometimes, a song can be significant because it is just plain annoying. You hear it all the time on the radio, or catch snippets of it heard from passing cars. In the case of this particular song, I only knew it from cover versions, mainly those sung by the hopefuls on TV talent shows like ‘X-Factor’ and the like. To be honest, I was heartily sick of this song long before I ever heard the original version, and was hoping never to hear it again.
However, I did hear that original, long after it was recorded in 2013, by the unusual Australian singer, Sia. She is someone who likes to present an enigmatic persona to the world. famously appearing in wigs that completely covered her face, and using other people in her promotional videos to retain her contrived air of mystery. That made her even more irritating, as far as I was concerned.
But as I often say on this blog, real talent is undeniable. Once I heard her version, I immediately wondered at the folly of anyone else even attempting to tackle this difficult and complex song. Sia sings it with a passion and skill that gave me goosebumps, and turned a hated song into one I admire more than I can say. It is simply amazing.
This is not her in the video. She’s mysterious, as I said.