Cover version I’d like to hear: Simply Red doing “I Won’t Let You Down”

In 1989, I was listening to either the Psychedelic Furs or the Smiths, I don’t remember which. Out of nowhere, I had a random thought: I would love to hear the Furs cover “How Soon Is Now?” That vocal requires a unique vocalist, and they don’t come much more unique than Richard Butler.

Seven years later, Richard Butler, along with his band Love Spit Love, covered “How Soon Is Now?”, thus confirming that I have magical powers. Very, very slow working magical powers.

But I don’t want to wait seven years for this one. This song, which was a smash hit for synth-pop band PhD, is perfect for Mick Hucknall. Singer Jim Diamond even has the fiery shock of red hair and the odd facial structures (a nice way of saying that he’s funny looking). Simply Red could have some great fun with the reggae beat pulsating underneath the synthesizers, and the melody is right in Hucknall’s wheelhouse.

Come on, Mick. The song was a #1 smash in 1982. A cover of it is long, long overdue, and you’re just the guy to do it. Let’s make it happen.


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