Take Cover! Love And Rockets Vs. The Temptations

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week Love And Rockets takes on the Temptations’ “Ball Of Confusion.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

After vocalist Peter Murphy left Bauhaus, the band decided to keep going, changing its name (and much of its sound) to Love And Rockets. Changing names and vocalists might be the most challenging thing for a group with an established audience to do, but the band went on to release another seven studio albums. Preempting the current doo-wop revival, Love And Rockets had a small hit in 1985 with this new-wave/post-punk cover of the Temptations’ Motown classic “Ball Of Confusion.” Notice how much more fun the Temptations are having during their performance. Solid evidence that more bands should have choreographed dance moves.

The Cover:

The Original:

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