Top Ten Foreign Covers of Classic English Language Songs

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou might be the weak link in Wes Anderson movies, but it did allow viewers to hear old songs in a new way. Throughout the movie, Brazilian singer Seu Jorge had random interludes in which he picked up his guitar and sang David Bowie songs in Portuguese. Even Ziggy Stardust himself was impressed by these renditions and is supposedly quoted in the album's liner notes as saying, "Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs acoustically in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with."

With Seu Jorge playing a free concert this Saturday at Hollywood ArtsPark, hosted by the Rhythm Foundation, it seems fitting that we examine the top ten foreign covers of English songs. Some are by the original artists trying to impress other markets, others are by new artists, but all are worthy of your time.

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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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