Sir Tom Jones is releasing an absolutely awesome new singleâ¦ 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 âshapeshifterâ.
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 âfull-throated baritoneâ 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)