Song #47 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Red Red Wine”, originally by Neil Diamond and covered by UB40. Here’s the original:
I’ve known forever that Neil Diamond wrote this song, but I’d never heard his version of it. It’s…well, it’s Neil Diamond. As Dave Barry knows, people feel very strongly about Neil Diamond. All I can say is that people who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing that they like. Now here’s the UB40 version:
My fellow children of the 80s will be familiar with that one, though it’s a somewhat shortened edit of what usually gets played on the radio. Like Neil himself, I find that the UB40 rendition of this song is polarizing. I like it, but your mileage may vary. What do you think?