Cover #10 is “Straight Up”, from Paula Abdul’s 1989 album Forever Your Girl. It was written and produced by Elliot Wolff.
Look. If you’ve seen me perform live as The Pluto Tapes, this doesn’t surprise you at all, as you’ve probably seen me cover this tune. If you haven’t, you’re all like “what?” And that’s understandable. Seriously, though, when I was nine, I loved this song.
I didn’t know any better. I didn’t care that it was a chick song about chick stuff and that instead I should be listening to such paragons of masculinity as Prince and Poison. I just thought the tune had an infectious bounce and I thought the lady in the video was pretty.
Still love the song. Still don’t care. My version is slower and weirder, but still awesome. At least my audiences think so. Take that, Imaginary Schoolkids From 1989 In My Head!
Next up…: All my friends are authors, all my relationships end badly, and I love reverb. Who am I?