Bad Covers of Bad Songs: Kokomo

Beach-boys I'm sure the guys working on the atomic bomb knew they were dealing with something dangerous as they were tinkering around in their dingy lab way back when.  They also probably thought there's no way in the world anyone would be crazy enough to use the bloody thing, right?


I can't help but think that's the same way the writers of 'Kokomo' felt as they penned the 1988 chart topping smash sung by The Beach Boys for the soundtrack of the Tom Cruise guide to sexy bartending 'Cocktail'. "Sure", the writers said to themselves as they finished the chorus that could drill itself into a listener's skull, destroying all brain matter as it went.  "In the wrong hands, this song could do some serious damage.  Let's take a pact that it will not fall into those hands."  Then they all got hammered on zombies, forgot about the pact, and handed the song over to The Beach Boys' Mike Love.  The rest, as they say, is history.  And history, as they also say, is written by the winners.

So here we are.  Forget about the tropics.  What this song really needs is a living room setting.  With a drum machine.  And a tiny little dog walking around.  What's that?  Someone has done that?  Well, let's take a look then!

The original:


The cover:

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on October 15, 2010, in Bad Covers of Bad Songs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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