Luke Comb's 2023 cover of Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

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07 Apr 2024, 5:40 pm



He keeps the line "I work in the market as a checkout girl" in the cover song rather than adjusting it to match his gender.



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07 Apr 2024, 7:55 pm

Awful cover of a classic song.


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07 Apr 2024, 9:21 pm

Guessing because Tracy Chapman isn't considered "yeehah" country so Luke Comb gave her music that Elvis touch to make it accessible to white country fans



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08 Apr 2024, 12:42 am

I love fast car me. I remember when it first came out and I thought she was saying "your arms and legs wrapped round my shoulder".

as for the cover...well it's like half decent karaoke


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08 Apr 2024, 11:53 am

IMO it's not a bad cover version but the original is better. This one sounds a tad overproduced and less intimate. I like many of Tracy Chapman's records quite a lot, and when I like a musician's work, remakes often sound worse to me. But I was relieved it wasn't hip-hop.

As for the gender bend, it's not uncommon in UK folk clubs for people to sing songs meant to be sung by "the" other sex, but it does seem odd for a USA country song - I thought that genre was steeped in traditional Christian values where men had to be men. So I guess it's kind of brave of him. Maybe they felt the lyrics couldn't be masculised without it sounding too contrived? For one thing he would have had to own the car. And the girl wouldn't have put her arm round his shoulder. So it would have been a difficult job to do seamlessly.



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08 Apr 2024, 2:00 pm

Raleigh wrote:
Awful cover of a classic song.

Wuuuut?

Although THIS is the version my friend has played several times while we cook/eat after the beach:



He did his version well enough that she agreed to come and do this one with him at the Country Music Awards show.. soooo I'd say he must have done a pretty good job if he got her approval.


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08 Apr 2024, 2:02 pm

Prefer 'talkin bout a revolution' by Chapman personally.


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08 Apr 2024, 5:10 pm

Someone on YouTube was saying that Luke Combs might make a great "checkout girl".



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08 Apr 2024, 6:10 pm

Rossall wrote:
Prefer 'talkin bout a revolution' by Chapman personally.

Its predictions may be naive, but I prefer that one too. And "Mountains O' Thangs." And "Material World." But a country singer doing socialist songs would be more of an oddity than a country singer doing a girl's song. It would be quite a risk.