When I was a little younger, I remember hearing musical groups perform cover versions of old songs. Many times I was unaware of the original so I could only judge the newer version.
I loved The Damned's version of "Alone Again Or" without ever having heard the original. I still haven't heard the original.
I like the Breeders version of "Happiness is a Warm Gun". The original was done by some group from Liverpool.
Now I'm old enough to hear bands performing covers of songs I listened to when I was younger. The group "The Killers" has a version of Joy Division's "Shadowplay" that is getting some rotation on the radio.
I'm distinctly underwhelmed.
The Killers might be pretty-boy post-MTV darlings but their version of one of the great songs of all time sucks.
There's no danger. No drama. No edge.
Okay, maybe sucks is too strong a word.
Here's a version of the original: