Umbrella Variations

I don’t know how this happened, but Rihanna’s 2007 release “Umbrella” is the official T&C ear worm of late August.  I thought I had first heard it on a rerun of The Graham Norton Show (featuring Nigella Lawson, Marilyn Manson and Rihanna as guests), but that’s not the case.  I genuinely have no idea where I ended up hearing it, as the only radio station I listen to is entirely devoted to news.

And to no-one’s surprise, the internet has already catered to my particular whims by surrendering up a semi-classical version (piano and cello instrumental) and an alt-rock version (with harder-edged guitars).

Ning – Umbrella (piano & cello instrumental)

FUN FACT:  Every time I see a talented cellist, I curse cruel fate and my elementary school, which had no stringed instruments in its music programme.  I had to settle for what the kids today would call “Clarinet Hero” instead.

Manic Street Preachers – Umbrella (cover)

FUN FACT:  Manic Street Preachers are a Welsh alt-rock group.  Also, there is not a single piece of music extant today which cannot be improved by adding some wailing guitars.

This is a lot better than the previous ear worm which was Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten“, a.k.a. the fargin’ Pantene shampoo commercial, which I genuinely despise.  My wife used to mute the TV when Pantene commercials aired so she wouldn’t have to listen to me growling at the TV.  If you happen to encounter Natasha Bedingfield in your travels, I would consider it a great personal favour if you could kick her in the pants for me.  Thanks.

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