Take me out tonight,
Take me anywhere, I don't care, I don't care, I don't care.
And in the darkened underpass,
I thought, oh god, my chance has come at last!
But then a strange fear gripped me and I
Just couldn't ask.
First off: the original! In case anyone hasn't heard it. The Smith's were part of England's Alternative Rock movement of the 1980s, one who focused on simple guitar music and good lyrics instead of synthesizers. They remind me a lot of The Cure, but apparently the two groups hated each other, so never mind. The lead singer of the Smiths is Morrisey, who has gone on to do all sorts of other stuff. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out is one of the group's best-known songs (it even has it's own wikipedia page!), and has been covered many, many times. By request, I'm sharing the ones I have beneath the cut.
Erlend Øye + Röyksopp - Poor Leno (Silken Soul Remix)/There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Acapella Cover)
This is an electronic mashup version, which is the one I posted last night, leading to people wanting to see more. I adore this song. It is far and away my very favorite cover, and I listen to it all the time.
David Ford - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
This version is much slower than the original, just a piano and a soft, sad voice. This emphasizes the sadness of the song.
Ocean Blue - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
A live version with crowd noise in the background, this keeps the alternative rock sound, but makes it feels more updated from the 80s version.
Loquat - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
I'm fond of this one because it's the only version I have with a female singer. Just a generally nice update of the song.
Nada Surf - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
I love the singer of Nada Surf's voice: it's a little deep and growly. Otherwise, this cover is fairly close to the original.
The Divine Comedy - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
This one is neat. The music and vocals are sort of slow and slinky; it reminds me a bit of a lounge version.
Joseph Arthur - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Mmmm, Joseph Arthur. A lovely version with acoustic guitar and an seriously pain-filled voice. This is one of my favorites.
James Eric Laczkowski - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Another acoustic guitar version, but this is much more delicate than Joseph Arthur's; Laczkowski almost sounds like he's whispering.
Hub Moore - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
A much more produced version, with various instruments used, the vocals here are very deep and the singer has this sort of rasp to his voice that I love.
Braid - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
This version speeds up the beat, almost reaching the state of a punk cover. Lots of fun; I love it when the singers start screaming the lyrics. Very different from most of these other versions.
Neil Finn - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
This version is also a bit quicker than the average, though it's certainly not punk. Just a very nice, modern alt-rock version.
Pete Yorn - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
Another live version with crowd noise, this is an awesome, rockin' cover. Everyone sounds like they're having such a good time here.
Speedster - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
I like this cover; it sounds almost like a country-western song.
Most of these are unreleased, and so you cannot, unfortunately, buy them. However, do check out The Smith's The Queen Is Dead and a new CD of all covers, Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before: A Tribute to the Smiths. And if other people have any covers I haven't uploaded here, I'd love it if you shared them!