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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Word Up/CSI...

I can't quite believe that well over 100,000 people have checked out my version of 'Word Up' after it was used in the US TV show CSI.

What began as a funny little musical experiment has transferred in to my most requested track - I decided to record a cover version for an EP and scoured my record collection to find something that was as far away from my style as possible and thereby 'fell upon' Larry Blackmon and co.

Everyone's reasoning for doing covers is specific to them - we all know some inspired re-workings of certain tracks and also some, er...well, less inspirational.
I, personally, cannot see the point of re-recording a track that has been meticulously slaved over by another artist if you are not going to try and bring something else to the table, as it were. You want to be inspired by someone's music without, surely, blatantly re-hashing the original idea. "Make an effort!", as Pascal (my trusty collaborator extraordinaire) would say...

One of my favourite covers is Rosebud's 1977 re-working of 'Money' by Pink Floyd.

I found out a few years ago, that Larry Blackmon had indeed heard my version of ' Word Up' and that he approved. It was one of the proudest moments of my life...


  1. Which episode of CSI, do you know? I'm intrigued to see how they used your track. Whoever chooses the music for CSI montages (it's usually montages) has a fantastic ear; more than once I've held my phone to the TV to Shazam a track that's played on the show.

  2. Apparently it was an episode in Season 7 called 'Post Mortem', but don't take that as the gospel...x

  3. I became a fan after hearing this Word Up version in that episode! That intro, that unique voice, and the acoustic are just unbelievable.

    Is Pascal the musician behind the accords?

  4. In you version of Word Up, who is the backup singer, or did you re-record yourself as the backup? BTW, Love the song -have played it a few dozen times since I ran across it recently.

  5. I love your cover-version too.
    Is it on any album I could buy? If yes, where can I buy it.

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  7. Segment from CSI S07E07 is can be seen here:

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