Friday Cover Songs – Leave Britney Alone

by Jeff on January 15, 2010 · 0 comments

in Friday Cover Songs,Stuff I Like

Back in the halcyon days when I did this every Friday, I may have mentioned doing a week of nothing but covers of Britney Spears’ “Womanizer.” Over the past few weeks, perhaps just to try and cope with the crushing grief of FCS’s absence during my quasi-hiatus, no fewer than a half-dozen people have asked me when I was going to post all of my Womanizers. That day is today.

“Womanizer” is a mystery of a pop song. It’s catchy as hell, and eminently listenable but, as Kevin has pointed out, it has no actual hook to it at all, just repetition punctuated by drum machine fills. The song’s role in Britney’s comeback to respectability is odd in that respect – it shouldn’t work, it defies the rules of pop logic. I’ve heard Ben Folds credit (I think) Darren Jesse with the success of “Brick” because he wrote the hook (“She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly”) while Folds wrote the semi-autobiographical depressathon of the verses.

Enjoy! I’ll be back next week and be continuing weekly again until the end of the world (or until I get bored and change to Monday Mashups or whatever).

Franz Ferdinand – Womanizer

Ladyhawke – Womanizer

Lily Allen – Womanizer

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