The Most Literal Cover Version Ever

I remember having a good laugh the first time I listened to Stu Phillips‘ ever-so-sleepy arrangement of the Kinks’ classic, “Tired of Waiting for You“:

The original Kinks hit was recorded in late 1964 and released January 1965 in the UK (one month later in the US).  Stu Phillips, interestingly, arranged and recorded his version just three months later on May 21st.  I am struck by the dichotomy between the swiftness of his response and the torpor of his results:

“Tired of Waiting for You”     Stu Phillips & the Hollyridge Strings     1965

“Tired of Waiting for You” — an LP-only track from 1965 album Feels Like Lovin’ — would enjoy a new audience of “space-age bachelor pad” enthusiasts when included on 1997 compilation, On The Rocks – Part One, part of Capitol’s “Ultra Lounge” CD series.

This “torp pop” approach will be re-examined in Zero to 180’s next piece on The Sandpipers.

Stu Phillips

Could this sort of “languid pop” have set the stage for future indie subgenre, “slowcore“?