Erasure a little respect

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘A Little Respect’

The song, “A Little Respect”, was originally recorded by Erasure in 1988

Vince Clarke and Andy Bell – Erasure – wrote and recorded the song “A Little Respect” for their third studio album, “The Innocents”, in 1988. The track was released as the third and final single in September that year and peaked at No.4 in the UK – the highest charting of all three singles – and No.14 in America. “A Little Respect” is often cited as the duo’s greatest song and remains one of their most identifiable.

Unsurprisingly, no one dared to cover the track until 2001 when American band Wheatus recorded the song as an Indie-Rock anthem for their self-titled debut album. Their “A Little Respect” was released as the second single in July and it made a new UK chart peak of No.3 as well as becoming a top twenty hit across much of Europe, although it was not commercially released in their home country.

But which version is the best? ERASURE’s original or WHEATUS’ cover?

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