Saturday, March 25, 2006

The O.C. - Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails

Casey Dorrell

What is there to say about the O.C.? I used to argue that the show had it's merits, despite being generally bad. This season I can argue that one of the characters (Seth) is usually funny, though perhaps this is mostly a "comparative to the humourless co-stars" thing, and that they usually play good, if predictable, music.

Thursday's episode featured the Bright Eyes' song, 'Lover I Don't Have to Love', from his landmark album, "Lifted . . .". Sort of. What it actually featured was Bettie Serveert's cover of the song.

Bettie Serveert isn't a girl named Bettie, rather they're a Dutch band named after a Dutch tennis player from the 70's . . . clearly. They've actually been around since indie's C86 days, forming in 1986, though they're not particularly twee, they've got the requisite jangle. They went through a bit of a slump in the mid to late 90's but have released a trio of solid albums since 2000. This cover comes off their latest album, 2005's "Attagirl".

Bettie Serveert - Lover I Don't Have to Love (Bright Eyes)
Bettie Serveert - Lover I Don't Have to Love (Grooveblaster Mix)

Bettie Serveert - Attagirl
Bright Eyes - Lifted, or, The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ears to the Ground

Comments on "The O.C. - Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails"


Anonymous g-force said ... (28/3/06 8:32 am) : 

Which version was featured on the O.C. Was it Serveert's version or the remix by the grooveblaster?


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (28/3/06 12:10 pm) : 

I'm not positive, though I don't remember it being immediately obvious that it was a cover, so I'm pretty sure it was Serveert's original cover.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (28/3/06 5:51 pm) : 

that shit sounds tore up. absolutely horrid. what is with the o.c. featuring really bad covers?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (31/3/06 10:04 pm) : 

How dare they place a cover of such poor quality and a cover that completely ignores the apathetic attitude of the original singer/song writer conor oberst. Blasphemy!!!


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (31/3/06 11:20 pm) : 

As there's only one cover in the post, I think you could have left off the fact that it was the Conor Oberst cover you were talking about and we would have figured it out.

How dare they place...? huh? Are you talking about us putting it on the site, O.C. putting it on the show? Bettie Serveert placing it on the album?

Anyhow, I enjoy it - clearly it's not as good as the original, but it's pretty much a straigh-ahead cover so I don't see how it overlooks the original's apathy.

Also, I love Bright Eyes, but he's not that good. Blasphemy's not involved.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3/5/06 11:48 am) : 

i liked the cover.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (23/12/06 7:03 pm) : 

the cover is beautiful, she has a beautiful voice, you should listen to the rest of their music.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (29/3/07 6:33 pm) : 

i don't really see the point of the cover. it's just a bit... boring. it's like they took the bright eyes version and stripped it of any sort of emotion and anything interesting.
plus they didn't even do very much with it.
now, because these are down, i'm going to go look for the grooveblaster mix.
hopefully it'll be a little more interesting...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (14/7/07 9:09 am) : 

the point of a cover is to try to remake a song that sounds better so that more people will buy it and you make more money.


P.S. some people like the covers better than the originals and some do not. it's a matter of personal opinion. the goal is to try to make more money.


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Anonymous jsalexandra said ... (20/10/09 4:15 am) : 

It is a fantastic song i must say.The track just made so good to watch episodes of oc.It just had perfect timing in the episode.


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