I got to thinking about Cake’s covers. They’ve done a lot of really good ones — their cover of I Will Survive is a delight — but the one that’s been on my mind is Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.
It’s one of those songs with a super long and interesting story. I was thinking that, when I wrote this, I would talk about this cover and the “original” Doris Day recording. It’s more complicated than that, however. The original song — Quizás, Quizás, Quizás — was written back in 1947 by Osvaldo Farrés, and proceeded to drive several folks to fame. The english version of the lyrics was written a year later and isn’t a direct translation, but also proved successful. The song was even covered in Arabic in 1954 by Fairuz.
The version I remember hearing first was Doris Day’s recording, released in 1964. I can’t remember where I heard it first, but it was some time in high school. I made our choir retrospective video at the end of my senior year and used it in there.
The Cake version is very…well, Cake. It was one of a series of covers they made (including the ridiculous and fantastic I Will Survive), showing up on their 1996 album Fashion Nugget. The drums are comfortably loose without being sloppy. The brass is spot on. The bass, one of the band’s strengths, is a solid foundation. McCrea’s vocals are delightfully McCrea. He sings very forward, not always on key, and always sounds a bit confused.
All that aside, this was my pick because it got stuck in my head on the flight back from London and hasn’t left, nothing more
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