Over 50 years after its release, “Suspicious Minds’ remains one of Elvis Presley‘s most famous hits. Smooth Radio tells us “Suspicious Minds” was written by Mark James. In January 1969, Elvis went to American Sound Studios in Memphis for a 10-day recording session. Among the songs he considered over the 10-day period was James’ “Suspicious Minds.” Elvis’ version of “Suspicious Minds” became his final No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. “Suspicious Minds” has proved to be timeless.
The Fine Young Cannibals were formed in the mid-’80s when guitarist Andy Cox and bassist David Steele teamed up after their former band, the English Beat, broke up. They recruited Roland Young as their lead singer and their self-titled debut album in 1985 was a hit most everywhere but the U.S. One of the singles from that album was their remake of Suspicious Minds and it was a Top 10 hit in their home country of England. The Fine Young Cannibals cover of Suspicious Minds is played straight and is distinguished by the addition of falsetto backup vocals of Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Somerville.
Emerging country musician Orville Peck, who is gay, only appears in public in a cowboy hat and mask, and his voice has earned favorable comparisons to Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak and Elvis Presley.
When listening to the mysterious nomad’s recently debut album Pony, it is clear the dusty roots of country music flows heavily through Peck’s bloodstream. Adopting and expanding upon an outlaw demeanor best illustrated by the likes of Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings decades ago and more recently, Sturgill Simpson, Peck renders the timeless genre with otherness. Tomorrow in concert at Sidecar.
Love hurts and Marlon Williams knows it. After having experienced a breakup with Aldous Harding, the young New Zealand singer-songwriter could not avoid a broad palette of mixed feelings from taking over his second studio album, Make Way For Love (Dead Oceans, 2018). Desire, infidelity and lust, among others, converge in an album where Marlon speaks honestly about his relationship using both his mature and privileged voice -similar to crooners such as Leonard Coehn or Elvis Presley- and rock, folk or country. This friday at Vida Festival.