Richard & Linda Thompson: “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”

Posted: April 12, 2016 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” – Richard & Linda Thompson
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Continental Drifters vs. Matt Pond PA vs. Mount Moriah
Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

A couple of drunken nights rolling on the floor, Is just the kind of mess I’m looking for …


The first time I heard this song I thought it was as brilliant as anything I had ever heard before. The sound was captivating, majestic, perfection! Well 20+ years later and it still sounds as fresh, majestic and brilliant as that evening long ago. And as is typical of a Richard Thompson tune, the lyrics are impeccable. Raw, emotional, desperate yet undeterred, resilient, defiant. A new weekend is upon us and as such the possibilities are endless. Friday on My Mind for a new, grittier generation.


The Original


Richard & Linda Thompson:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Continental Drifters vs. Matt Pond PA vs. Mount Moriah
Continental Drifters:

Matt Pond PA:

Mount Moriah:


Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 


Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

  1. Cuspid says:

    Unfortunately, the Continental Drifters version on YouTube is not available for those outside the USA. The other two certainly sound pretty good. But in general I don’t even think this is one of Richard/Linda T.’s best songs. So given all this I’m just gonna pass for today.

  2. Arnold Plotnick says:

    Richard Thompson is someone I like, but I don’t know all that much about. I have a few songs of his in my collection, although none with his ex-wife. I like the song a lot, and I liked all of the covers. I thought the Continental Drifters did a very nice version. I did love the cover of Matt Pond PA’s album, though. I could stare at that painting all afternoon.

  3. RDubbs says:

    All three of these bands knocked out impressive versions. As far as I am concerned this song is gold and, as such, you don’t touch it unless you know what you are doing (wish Ron Kavana would have heeded this advice). But as I said these three versions were all up to the challenge. My preference came down to the Continental Drifters and Mount Moriah simply because I think the song sounds better with a female lead. And I really had a tough time choosing between the two. Being a studio version, not surprisingly the Drifters’ version is of higher sound quality. They really nailed many details and intricacies of the song and for that I ultimately gave them the nod. But damn, the lead singer for Mount Moriah can sing! She really had the vocals down for this song.

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