You won’t believe how badly Pavarotti ruins these 6 classic songs

1) James Brown – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World

What does every chauvinistic Rhythm & Blues classic need? That’s right, the worlds most renowned tenor and prolific womaniser warbling all over the 2nd verse!

2) Barry White – My First, My Last, My Everything

Seeing him sing alongside “the Walrus of Love”, we were inspired to invent a new affectionate nickname for Pavarotti: “The Manatee of Ruining Incredible Pop Songs”

3) Duran Duran – Ordinary World

You can understand what they were thinking. Most epic, bombastic Pop song of all time? Check. Most revered singer in the world? Check. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. Thanks to the mismatch between Simon Le Bon’s fragile mewing and Pavarotti’s girthy throat-thunder, this is maybe one of the worst musical moments in history.

4) Spice Girls – Viva Forever

Virgin Records executive #1: “Okay guys, Geri Halliwell’s buggered off and left us in the lurch. who can we get to fill in for her on tour?”

Virgin Records executive #2: “We need someone with sex appeal. Someone who the teenage boys want and the teenage girls want to be…”

Virgin Records executive #3: “Luciano Pavarotti?”

Richard Branson: “BINGO!”

5) George Michael – …Go Down On Me

Tread carefully, Guy. There’s not a lot of jokes you can make about George Michael and a dead man without being sued for some kind of libel. I think I’m still allowed to say this is absolutely bloody awful though, aren’t I? Total car-crash viewing…

6) Nessun Dorma

I don’t want you to go away thinking I’m some sort of tenor-bashing, classical music hating fool with no sense of respect for the greats of yesteryear. There’s no doubt that Pavarotti was an incredible singer, and the reason I’ve included Puccini’s beautiful aria “Nessun Dorma” in this list is because Big Luciano categorically ruined it for every other tenor in the world.

Nobody else will ever be able to perform it with such ownership and ardour to such a rapturous reception. If you can make it through this video of Pavarotti’s last performance without a tear in your eye, you’re an inhuman monster and I want nothing to do with you.

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Guy Perchard

Digital editor & recording specialist at Red Dog Music
As well as being the marketing man-about-town at Red Dog Music, Guy is a busy, award winning record producer and mixing engineer. He is also partial to a chorizo stromboli for elevenses.

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  1. Theresa Small says:

    Pavarotti Rules

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