On last night’s American Idol, the contestants sang songs from the year they were born. David Cook chose Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” song but opted to use Chris Cornell‘s cover of the song. Huh?! A cover of a cover? More so, the judges’ comments were ridiculous for praising David as “original”. Haven’t they heard Ryan Seacrest‘s announcement that David used Chris Cornell‘s arrangement?! I know that David did a pretty good job of interpreting the song but praising him as “original” got my goat.
Anyway, this is a video of Chris Cornell’s Billie Jean cover. Now this is ORIGINAL, in a sense that he sang the song according to the musical style he was known for:
Now this is American Idol contestant David Cook‘s “un-original” interpretation of the same song, Billie Jean:
I can’t help it that I’m so affected by all of this. I absolutely adore Chris Cornell and I abhor the poseurs who “copy” his style or “murder” his songs, including the covers!