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Summer of Covers rocks on!

True story.

In the early days of PJTV, my studio/office was just a collection of gear and card tables in an unfinished basement. As you might imagine, the sound quality was… not good. Also my young son had a habit of wandering down and unbeknownst to me, walking in between my back and the green screen.

After a year or two we had the basement finished, done by two really nice brothers just starting their own contracting business. Good guys, hard workers, never complained about Melissa’s obsession over details or my bad jokes.

So one morning they’re hard at work and I’m just home from taking Number One Son to school, and I go downstairs, past the brothers, heading towards my desk. They have their boom box jamming, but I’m not really paying attention to it. It’s hard rock, and I don’t listen to a whole lot of that stuff. Call me old fashioned, but I enjoy a pretty melody, something I can whistle.

But before I can take more than a dozen steps past where they’re working on tiling the dry bar, something about the guitar catches my ear. I slow down. Then the chorus kicks in. I stop. I turn around to the brothers.

Dumbfounded, I said something witty like, “Careless f****** Whisper???”

The brothers laughed and nodded, and I stood there and listened to Seether’s inappropriate-yet-marvelous cover of Wham!’s “Careless Whisper.” Then I went to my desk, clicked on the iTunes Music Store, and bought a copy. Been enjoying as an occasional guilty pleasure ever since.

Of course, George Michael is still going to serve some time in Purgatory (or worse) for writing “guilty feet have got no rhythm.” I mean, I know George is into some weird stuff, but what did his feet do?

Seether takes some of the sting out of that line though, so you’ve got that going for you. Which is nice.

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