Tune du Jour: “One” – U2
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Kane vs. Christian Kane & Mary Blige vs. The Persuasions
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The Original



R.E.M. with Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr.:

A damn shame. This one could have been a contender. But you just can’t slip the original band’s bass player and drummer into the mix and call it your own. Well … at least not on CMI you can’t!!! (Yeah, we’re a bunch of badasses around here, deal with it!)


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


Kane vs. Christian Kane & Mary Blige vs. The Persuasions

Christian Kane & Mary Blige:

The Persuasions:


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. bornunderabadsign says:

    Well here I am stumped again, I like all three: the Persuasions take “most innovative” for remaking ONE into an acapella doo-wop hymn; Kane takes “singing with affected voice and pulling it off”, and Kane and Bilge, take “just doing an outstanding job” mostly for Mary’s vocals…in the end I voted for Kane which I never thought I would do when he first started singing…

  2. Cuspid says:

    Many of the Persuasions’ covers I’ve heard are really, really good. But IMO this ain’t one of them. The other two covers play the song very straight musically; so much so that it practically sounds like Edge doing the strumming. So no extra credit awards for innovation. I’m going to go with Kane entirely because of what happens after the 4:35 mark, where the last 3 minutes become a simple jam on the groove of the tune. This is something not in the original, and I found myself really enjoying it.

  3. RDubbs says:

    I would have given a lot to have been in the audience of the Kane show. Then again, if it meant a ticket to The Netherlands I’d probably give a lot to see a Partridge Family reunion show. But I digress. Kane turns out a fantastic live version. And extended instrumentals at live shows are often a huge plus. And this one surely qualifies. Excellent.

    Regarding The Persuasions I’m in agreement with Doug. The Persuasions always knock out highly-skilled, rhythmic attention-getters. But while there is nothing to specifically complain about in this cover there is also nothing that really makes it standout either. And when covered, a song like One deserves the best a group has to offer. One is easily my favorite U2 song In fact, it is one of my favorite songs, period. The Persuasions just did not show me enough on this one (ha, literally).

    Which leaves the version by Christian Kane and Mary Blige. How in the world could I vote for the pairing of a country & western singer and hip-hop artist? Well this is a prime example of how keeping an open mind can sometimes reward you. Assuming you don’t view the cheesy footage the cover itself is phenomenal, especially Ms. Blige’s contribution. It was close between this duet and raucous excellence of Kane but I gave it to Christian Kane and Mary Blige’s version by a hair.

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