Sometimes a good song is hiding inside a bad song. It just takes the right performer to bring it out. This is certainly the case with My Heart Will Go On, the Celine Dion blockbuster remade into a Tornados-style ballad by neo-surf band Los Straitjackets. Usually this sort of thing is appreciated purely on a kitsch level, but I think they reveal a genuinely beautiful tune here. Credit must be given to veteran film score composer James Horner, who wrote the music. I’ve seen Los Straitjackets once, at a little punk dive called Burt’s Tiki Lounge on State Street in Salt Lake City, with Big Sandy and the Pontani Sisters. I don’t know if they’ll be touring again soon, but I wouldn’t miss that line up if I were you.
June 28, 2009
A Song for Sunday #19