Ednaswap - Torn (The Original Version)

When I was in high school and MTV Asia was still young, I would ardently watch the channel.

Back then, MTV’s shows aren’t that many. Sure I was a fan of Aeon Flux, Beavis and Butthead, Darla, and Celebrity Deathmatch but the shows I mostly check out were Most Wanted, MTV Select, and MTV Classic. I would give up on this addiction during the resurgence of Pinoy OPM Bandmania.

One of the MTV’s I remembered during “my” era is Torn. When I was in high school I would stare at my telly to catch Natalie Imbruglia’s MTV. I was a fan of Natalie Imbruglia growing up. I bought her Left in the Middle album and I would listen to it on my walkman until my battery runs out. I like the smooth vibe of the song and until now it’s one of my favourite songs ever.

You can check out that MTV by clicking this link.

Because of this song Natalie Imbruglia became an international star. Hell, I would even support her Johnny English movie where she played the pseudo-Bond Girl of Rowan Atkinson.

But did you know Natalie Imbrugia just covered the song?

Back in 1995, there is this band called Ednaswap who made Torn the second single of their debut album, Ednaswap. The song was written by Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, and Phil Thornalley. Cutler also worked on Beyonce’s Dreamgirls song Listen while Preven has worked with a lot of pop stars including Charice Pempengco’s Nobody’s Singin’ To Me. The song is dark in tone and delivery, which seriously differs from Natalie’s pop-ish feel. The electric guitars have this harsh, underground feel and there is no breakdown.

Unlike the Natalie cover, the original indeed sounds as if the female vocalist just got raped.

The California-based alternative rock band failed to capture musical acclaim that Natalie Imbruglia got but at least their music got international airplay. In their six years of existence, the best album they produced was reviewed as The Sex Pistols, Mick Ronson, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix inside a working blender.

In some ways, that is good.

Unfortunately, almost every other alternative band in the 90’s was positioned as such.

To end this, I was about to put this Youtube clip where Natalie Imbruglia is sharing the stage with a mime.

Instead this is Porn, a parody of the “Torn” song.

Game over.


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