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Single Review: “Drive Me Crazy” by Dolly Parton

January 23, 2009

In 1988, a band called the Fine Young Cannibals recorded a song called “She Drives Me Crazy”. Dolly Parton , a woman well beyond their years, decided just under a year ago to include a cover of this titled “Drive Me Crazy” on her album Backwoods Barbie. What is interesting about this for me is that I was born in 1989, I grew up listening to re-plays of this former #1 hit in its original glory for years before I even thought country music was any good.

Taking a song like this and turning it into one’s own material is hard, very hard, and in a way Dolly manages to successfully do this. The end of the song takes a huge twist and puts a real country feeling behind it including fiddle and toe tapping rhythm. However, other than this very last portion of the song, Dolly highly disappoints me in her rendition of the FYC pop song. It is quite possible that having grown up through the original version I am showing prejudice towards the remake, but I have good reason. The production of the song is under done and Dolly’s performance doesn’t carry the song as far as it can and has gone in the past in order to keep it interesting and entertaining. Instead of sounding original and new, it sounds like a tribute and a remake.

For what its worth Dolly gives it a good shot and if the entire song was approached with as much energy and quality as the ending it probably would have been a very respectable offering. Instead it reminds me of Mark Chesnutt’s take on the popular Aerosmith love song “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” because sadly enough it lacks the same quality and promise that it could have and should have presented.

Grade: C-

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2009 12:59 pm

    With so many other better choices on ‘Backwoods’ to chose from, I can’t help but wonder if this song was selected for the buzz it might generate.

  2. sheldon permalink
    February 5, 2009 6:56 am

    I wasn’t aware this cut was even released as a single…The last official single was “Shinola”, and the next is “Backwoods Barbie” Is this an official single?

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