I love a good cover song. Of course, most of them suffer by comparison, but occasionally there is a song that manages to become its own original creation. Today's nominee to the history of Scenes (Songs) We Love is one of those songs: the Cowboy Junkies take on Sweet Jane from 'Natural Born Killers'. For some, the thought that anything could come close to Lou Reed's original creation is pure heresy, but I'm a sucker for a song that tries to make something their own, and I think the Junkies' manage to pull it off.
Oliver Stone's film was the story of a pair of serial killers (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) hacking their away across America while becoming media darlings, and the film included some truly "out there" performances from Robert Downey Jr. as a sleazy media type, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rodney Dangerfield. The story was originally written by Quentin Tarantino, although the finished product bore little resemblance to QT's vision. No one could ever accuse Stone of being a subtle filmmaker and one of the major stumbling blocks to his opus on celebrity culture and crime is that he manages to get his point across about halfway through the film, and then there is at least another hour of Stone continuing to make his point... over and over and over again.
Killers might be a bit of mess, thanks to multiple edits and deleted scenes a-plenty, but I have to hand it to Stone for his attempt at making a 'big' statement -- even if he had to beat you over the head with it. What I do know is that the one area where the movie unquestionably works is in the performances by Harrelson and Lewis as the psychotic lovebirds, and the Junkies' bluesy take on Reed's classic is just their kind of twisted love song.
As an added bonus; The Velvet Underground's classic as it was meant to be