Tom Jones Releases Absolutely Awesome New Single … Talking Reality Television Blues


Sir Tom Jones is releasing an absolutely awesome new single… really! The judge of “The Voice” sings the “Talking Reality Television Blues”.

It doesn’t need to be introduced. The pop-cultural Prince of Wales. The voice. A friend of Elvis. 58 years in the business. Of It’s not unusual To To kiss To Sex bomb he spans the decades like a colossus.

Wikipedia says Its range of performances includes pop, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical “shapeshifter”.

And, 2021, at 80, he does it again. The flagship single of the next album Surrounded by time, a Todd Sniders cover of “Talking Reality Television Blues”. It’s totally awesome – really. (Well i think so)

Almost a Stone Roses drum shuffle, a Beck style blues guitar and a Bob Dylan style vocals. None of his soulful “full-throated baritone” but a mischievous gravity, sometimes sounding a bit like his compatriots Richard Burton and John Cale.

Of course, there is a certain contradiction, as television has always been a big part of Tom’s success. He is still a judge on The Voice (UK). But Todd Sniders lyrics are sharp and artful with a hint of Gil Scott Heron The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Disposable Heroes of HipHopracy’s Television Drug of The Nation, Beck and Dylan all in the mix.

It’s a cool song and Tom plays it well. And that’s probably not what a lot of his fans expected.

Toms’ upcoming album contains versions of The windmills of your mind,
Pop star by Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam), Dylans Another cup of coffee and It is the sea (a Waterboys song) and yes, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait to be.

Link the tree to the song – choice of outlets.

Link tree to album – choice of outlets.

All words from Ged Babey

Edit / PS And yes, before someone else says it, musically he is sharing something maybe with “I Could Be Wrong” by Radiohead. Not a song that I knew. (GB)


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