Baker Street, Baker Street or Baker Street?

Baker Street

Driving to work this morning I heard on the radio a blast from my past – a song called Baker Street. Only it wasn’t the 1992 version from my teenage years, it was the original 1978 version!

The 1992 cover by UK dance group Undercover was a track that I learned the lyrics of and sang endlessly to whilst forcing my family to endure it on repeat play. Whilst I was aware that it was a cover, I’ve not encountered the original until today and I have to say, it is a revelation. The Gerry Rafferty ballad from the late 70’s, in my opinion, is so much better. What were Undercover thinking? They ruined a perfectly good song!

I guess I’m not the only one to encounter this strange phenomenon, where a beloved song is found to be nothing more than a tepid imitator? Judge for yourself, below are three Baker Streets – the first is the original, the second is the cover and the third, a bonus, is a B-side from rockers Foo Fighters.

Let me know if you have a song that you later discovered to be an inferior cover.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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