Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Xenia Rubinos Covers The Clash

There are some terrible, horrible Clash covers out there. For some reason The Clash seem to be the band that mainstream pop artists think it's perfectly acceptable to do bland pop covers of. Since Xenia Rubinos tends to lean towards the R&B side of music, I was more than a little skeptical of her cover of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" from the film I'm Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy).

"Should I Stay or Should I Go" is already one of The Clash's most mainstream pop adjacent songs, so it's not a huge stretch to push it the rest of the way into Dullsville. And Xenia Rubinos's Spanish language cover is definitively more pop than the original. But at the same time she ramps up the distortion on the guitar. Plus, she just finds a way to keep the edge of the original. Turns out my skepticism was unwarranted, because this is a completely true to the original version.

You can listen to Xenia Rubinos's version of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" below. For more on Xenia Rubinos, check out her website.

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