Song #56 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Thing Called Love”, originally by John Hiatt and covered by Bonnie Raitt. Here’s the original:
That’s not the original recording – the original is a straight-ahead rocker – but come on, how could I resist that one? I’ve noted quite a few songs on this list that I hadn’t known were covers, but this is not one of them. I have Hiatt’s “Bring the Family” on vinyl, and had the pleasure of seeing him open for Jackson Browne in the Woodlands back in the day. I’d have gone to see that show just for him. Anyway, here’s the much better known Bonnie Raitt cover:
A little gratuitous Dennis Quaid in there, but what the hell. Raitt’s version is basically the same as the original, just the voice and guitar style are different. And just to bring things full circle, here’s Raitt performing the song alongside Hiatt:
That was at a Farm Aid concert. Not sure why it cut off at the end, but whatever. It’s cool enough to withstand the loss of a few seconds.