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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Run’

The song “Run” was originally recorded by Snow Patrol in 2004.

by Christopher Smith

“Run” was written and performed by the group Snow Patrol for their third studio album “Final Straw” in 2003. The song was released as the second single at the beginning of 2004 and became their breakout single, reaching No.5 in the UK (where it has sold over 600,000 copies) as well as making the top 40 across Europe and No.15 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The video was made “very cheaply” in a woodland in Essex and has currently received over 37million views on YouTube.

Singer Leona Lewis performed the song for a one-off session she was playing in 2007 and went on to record it for an expanded edition of her debut album “Spirit”, released the following year. She released “Run” as a single at the end of November and took it to No.1 in the UK, where it has equalled Snow Patrol’s version for sales of 600,000 copies. her version also went to No.1 in Austria, Ireland and Portugal as well as a showing on the US singles chart at No.81. Her video for “Run” has just shy of 100m YouTube views!

But which version is best? SNOW PATROL’s original or LEONA LEWIS’ cover version?

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!