From the just released (and conceptually unlikely, at first pondering) tribute album Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock...
...please enjoy awesome Antipodean pop guy Micheal Carpenter and his update of Cliff Richards' "We Don't Talk Anymore"...
...and former Merrymaker David Myrh and his take on 10cc's forever gorgeous "The Things We Do For Love."
Obviously, tribute albums are at best dicey propositions -- if your cover of a familiar song is totally faithful, who gives a shit? and if you're re-imagining the song just for the sake of re-imagining it, who also gives a shit? But this album is particularly interesting, for me anyway, because with a couple of exceptions (like the 10cc) most of the songs being covered here are either guilty pleasures or genuine irritants. And in the case of several of them -- the Cliff Richards song, for example -- I had never really considered that there might be, to paraphrase Gerty Stein, a there there.
The bottom line, of course, is that your take on the album will probably be different than mine on a song to song basis, but I think overall its well worth hearing.
You can order it over at Amazon here.
And mad props to my new chum (and most gorgeous Hungarian since Ilona Massey) power pop auteur Elizabeth Racz for associate producing it.