Reimagining a classic
Recording a cover of another artist's song is a risky endeavor. You will likely either be crucified for destroying the sanctity of the original artist's work or be overlooked because your version is a simple imitation of someone else's effort and inspiration. There are rare occasions, however, where you will be praised for revitalizing and reincarnating the original song into a new, beautiful life force. San Francisco's psychedelic soul sextet Monophonics has done just that with their cover of Sonny & Cher's 1966 hit "Bang Bang." The original track, written by Sonny and performed by Cher, is a delicate, emotive tale of recollection and betrayal. Monophonics turn the track on its head, straying from the original formula of low, slow vocals and sparing plucks of acoustic guitar, and turning it into an uptempo, energetic, full-band affair.