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And Now, for Something Completely Different

Fri Mar 12, 04:56 PM

If you’ve been following along, you know that since the beginning of the year, we’ve been releasing a new cover song by Smallpox every other week, which we are offering for a dollar each, or for $18 for the entire album, imaginatively called The Covers Album.

We can promise you that there will be some surprises, and this week’s cover is one of them: Olivia Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” popularized on the soundtrack to the movie Grease.

And while the Grease soundtrack can be found for fifty cents in the used bin of every record store in America, the Smallpox version of this song is only available here.

From Daniel Smith of Smallpox:

_“No fuckin’ way, dude.”

That was Bob’s (Smallpox drummer Bob Diamond) response about that one. Actually, at first I think he thought it was a joke and just laughed at me. Luckily, his girlfriend at the time was a huge Grease fan.

For the record, it wasn’t a joke. Nor was it meant to be ironic in a hipster kind of way. My childhood crush on Olivia Newton-John goes back to 1974 (way before the movie, in kid years). And as much as I’ve never really been a big fan of country music, I’ve always been a sucker for female vocalists: off the top of my head, Karen Carpenter, Connie Francis, Rita Coolidge, Roberta Flack, Skeeter Davis, Pat Benatar, Teri Nunn, Dale Bozzio, Aimee Mann, Sade, Sinead O’Connor, Fiona Apple, Sara McLachlan, Tori Amos, Liz Phair, Imogen Heep, Bjork, Lana Del Rey…

But growing up, I was in fucking love with Olivia Newton-John. And there goes any street credit that I once might’ve had._

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