Songs that can be covered across genres, flexible, powerful songs are fun to listen to regardless of how they are covered. Some songs are powerful because they are best done raw, while others gain traction as they are covered in a more sophisticated manner. I think this latest example falls into the second category.
Ford’s most recent commercial employs the iconic Rolling Stones Paint It Black.
The song is experiencing a bit of a resurgence – probably driven by the song being featured in the HBO series West World. The song has aged well, currently transitioning into an orchestral arrangement.
Here’s the original:
And a version performed by the London Symphony:
Eric Burden and War covered the classic in their own Blues-Rock-Funk styling in 1976. I like this version, even if it is at times not recognizable as Paint It Black: