Back when I was spinning CDs on the radio in 1997, former Australian soap star Nathalia Imbruglia had a hit with a song called “Torn” from her debut record, Left of the Middle. It’s a pleasant pop song that found purchase on alt-rock radio stations across North America before crossing over to pop.
The song also came up for discussion with The Ongoing History of New Music where I pointed out that the song wasn’t an original but a cover. Natalie fell in love with a version by a band called Ednaswap which was released about two years earlier. This was one of two versions recorded by Ednaswap.
That version itself was a cover of a 1993 song called “Braendt,” which is Danis for “burned.” It was written by Scott Cutler, Anne Preven and Phil Thornalley (two of whom landed in Ednaswap; and yes, Phil was an ex-member of The Cure) and recorded by Lis Sørensen.
There was also a version by Trine Rein of Norway.
Recently, though, the fact that Imbruglia’s “Torn” is a cover (times three!) seems to have freaked out the Internet. Here’s just a sample.
every “90s kid” comes of age 3 times:
• 18th birthday
• 21st birthday
• the day they find out natalie imbruglia’s version of torn is a cover
— horse the band (@VilinskiKonjic) August 24, 2017
Hey, it’s always a great day to discover something new about music. But what I can’t figure out is why the Internet has melted down as the result of this revelation. Twitter has gone into some kind of toxic shock. Am I missing something?
Imagine what’ll happen to these kids when they hear that Marilyn Manson’s “Tainted Love” isn’t an original.