95. Burning Love – Travis Tritt (iPod Challenge)

 

 

I love cover songs. Hearing how one artist rein-visions another’s song is fascinating. They bring their influences, predilections and tastes to the song creating something wholly new. It should be noted that some covers work much better than others. This is one of my particular favorites.

Back in 1992 the movie “Honeymoon in Vegas” gave us the question “Flying Elvis'” or “Flying Elvi” along with Nicholas Cage & Sarah Jessica Parker in a silly rom-com. Also, it gave us an interesting soundtrack loaded with covers of songs made famous by The King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley.

The movie only gives us about 10-15 seconds of this particular song in passing, which is a shame (at least as far as I’m concerned). The few seconds of Tritt’s insane version of an already terrific record is amped up to 11. What Tritt brings to the song is closer to a feral approach or sound. He has some serious hormonal raging going here where Elvis is crooning to a good back beat. The full sound of the horn section, the build to end that plays out repeatedly is not only great showmanship, but is what an *ahem* Burning Love would sound like.

Instead of getting relegated to background noise to fill space on an album, this record should’ve been a single and a hit record. When you listen, turn it up LOUD for the full effect. You’ll thank me for it.

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