Top Ten Foreign Covers of Classic English Language Songs
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou might be the weak link in Wes Anderson movies, but it did allow viewers to hear old songs in a new way. Throughout the movie, Brazilian singer Seu Jorge had random interludes in which he picked up his guitar and sang David Bowie songs in Portuguese. Even Ziggy Stardust himself was impressed by these renditions and is supposedly quoted in the album's liner notes as saying, "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs acoustically in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with."
With Seu Jorge playing a free concert this Saturday at Hollywood ArtsPark, hosted by the Rhythm Foundation, it seems fitting that we examine the top ten foreign covers of English songs. Some are by the original artists trying to impress other markets, others are by new artists, but all are worthy of your time.
10. "Mellow Yellow" by Arik Einstein
Perhaps the least mellow sound in any language is that "ch" in Hebrew that comes from the back of the throat. That guttural sound makes its appearance several times in this Donovan cover.
9. "In My Room" (German version) by The Beach Boys
And they say, German isn't a romance language. Mike Love and the Wilson boys beg to differ in their translation of the original California classic.