Portishead Has Covered My Favourite ABBA Song

Okay, so I like just one ABBA song. Don’t get me wrong, though. I admire the genius of their songwriting and they deserve all the accolades and cash they have. They’re just not my thing–except when it comes to their 1975 hit, “SOS.” It’s a pop song, but it masks something very, very dark–suicidal, even–something that really should have been exploited long ago.

Happily, Hector points out that the song has just been covered by Portishead as a tribute to Jo Cox, the British MP that was senselessly murdered a week ago. She would have turned 42 today.

Let the darkness reign.

For reference, here’s the original.

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4 thoughts on “Portishead Has Covered My Favourite ABBA Song

  • June 23, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I think you’re overstating the darkness of this pop song. “I can’t go on” is hardly a declaritave of suicide, just an over-used pop music trope.

  • June 24, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The song was actually made for a film, but the video was made in honour of the slain British MP.

  • June 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

    This version is fantastic. Always loved Portishead, and this does nothing to change that.


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